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Cedar Springs to continue search for new city manager

N-City-logo-webby Judy Reed

It looks like the City of Cedar Springs will need to start over in their search for a new City Manager.

After a grueling 12-hour day of candidate interviews and discussion on Monday, May 9, the Cedar Springs City Council voted to extend a conditional offer of employment to Steven Buter, the current budget and management analyst for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Buter seemed excited about the prospect of serving in Cedar Springs. But on Wednesday, Buter reluctantly withdrew due to a family issue.

“He really was the one the Council wanted,” said Mayor Jerry Hall. He really stood out.” Hall also said that he understood that family comes first.

The first interview began Monday at 9 a.m. with Buter. The council asked 25 questions and some follow-up questions, of each of the five candidates. The interviews ran longer than expected, and the council finally made its decision after 9 p.m.

It narrowed the field from five to two candidates: Buter—the first candidate interviewed, and Richard Marsh Jr., former City Manager of Inkster, Michigan—the last candidate interviewed.

When voting on who would be the top candidate, the council voted 5-2 in favor of Buter. When the final vote was taken on whether to offer Buter the top job, the council voted unanimously 7-0.

On Thursday, May 12, the Cedar Springs City Council voted to go back to the Michigan Municipal League and ask them to present them with another panel of prospective candidates to interview.


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