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City chooses candidates for manager interviews

The Cedar Springs City Council met Friday evening, July 27, and chose seven candidates to interview to fill their vacant City Manager position, including a couple of prospects with ties to Cedar Springs. Over thirty people applied.

“The field is stronger than I have seen,” noted consultant Frank Walsh, Manager of the City of St. Joseph. “I think the reputation of the community and the proximity to Grand Rapids may have had something to do with it.” He said that the seven they chose was a good group and they had a wide variety of candidates to choose from.

The candidates they chose, in no particular order:

Meg Mullendore-Cluckey, Village Manager at Cassopolis, Michigan since January 2011, and City Manager of Buchanan, Michigan 2005-2010.
Thad Taylor, City Manager of Alpena, from December 2007-April 2012, and interim City Manager at Alpena 2006-2007. He was also Public Safety Director there from 1992-2007.

Jared Olson, Assistant to the Assessor in the City of Clare, December 2011 to present, and City Management Intern May to September 2011.
Roger Belknap, former DPW Director for the City of Cedar Springs, October 2010 to June 2012, and transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission, August 1999 to October 2010.

Patrick T. Reagan, Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Manager for the City of Portland, Michigan, April 2009 to present; DDA/Main Street Manager for the City of Iron Mountain March 2008-April 2009.

Adam Poll, Associate Planner for the City of Waterloo, Iowa, October 2008 to present. Poll is a Cedar Springs graduate. Between 2004 and 2008 he held several positions for the City of Grand Rapids, including financial assistant in the water department, property inspector, assistant to the assessor, and several interim intern positions.

Jonathan Greene, Executive Director of Downtown Development Authority for the City of Jackson, February 2009 to present; economic development and housing coordinator County of Eaton, March 2005 to January 2009.

The candidates will come for a public interview on August 4. There will be a tour of the city for the candidates at 8:30 a.m. and the first interview will start at 9 a.m. Each one will last 45 minutes with a break for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The second and final round of interviews will take place on Wednesday, August 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The final candidate will then be selected at the regular City Council meeting on Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m.

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