The most important decision any city council will make is the selection of a city manager. Your city manager will have a major effect on your organization and community, one that can endure well beyond your term in office. Hiring a city manager requires a major investment of time and energy.

Bill Avery and Paul Kimura, the two principals of Los Gatos-based executive search firm William Avery & Associates, Inc, provided this primer to help with the recruitment process. The guide, intended for elected officials and interim managers, explains several key considerations for finding and successfully hiring a quality city manager in today’s difficult recruitment climate.

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