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Goodyear resumes city manager search


GOODYEAR, AZThe Goodyear City Council has withdrawn all offers for the city manager position and re-opened the search process.


“We are dedicated to finding a person who is the right match for our city,” said Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh, following the special meeting of the city council Friday morning.


The four finalists for the city manager’s position were Kevin Evans of Huntsville, Texas; Gary Leubbers of West Jordan, Utah; Margie C. Rose of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Patrick Salerno of Sunrise, Fla.


Recruitment for the city manager position is being handled by The Mercer Group, Inc., a nationwide management consulting firm based in Atlanta, Ga. The original contract with the Mercer Group called for a flat fee of approximately $16,000. There will be no additional charge for continuing the search, except for costs such as travel, advertising and publishing recruitment materials, said city attorney Roric Massey.


Interim City Manager Brian Dalke will continue to serve in the position until the spot is permanently filled. Dalke, a deputy city manager, accepted the interim appointment in June, and received a temporary 5 percent increase in his regular $149,207 salary, to $156,764. All city employees, including Dalke, received a 3.1 percent market adjustment to their existing salaries and wages at the beginning of the 2007/2008 fiscal year in July. The city council voted unanimously on Dec. 21 to increase Dalke’s salary by 5 percent, to $169,705, while he serves as interim city manager.





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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749