shelton logo wallSHELTON – Shelton City Commissioner Kathy McDowell shared her support for prompt action to hire a search firm to find Shelton’s next city administrator.

McDowell, who was seated on the commission this month after she defeated incumbent Commissioner Mike Olsen, went on the record with her thoughts during the commission’s Tuesday night meeting.

City Administrator Dave O’Leary announced his retirement late last year. His last day on the job is May 31.

“It has to be a deliberate process and what I mean is it’s imperative that the commission gets this right,” McDowell said. “… The commission needs to look for a professional recruiter. I know this will take some time so I believe it’s likely we will have to appoint a qualified interim administrator.”

McDowell said it was imperative that the commission choose the most qualified permanent administration possible. She said she was open to considering local candidates but they must be qualified.

McDowell called for an open and transparent process.

The commission will depend on citizen input, she said.

She proposed that city staff write a recruitment plan to present back to the commissioners. It would include a timeline to keep the commissioners focused on the city administrator recruitment process.

She asked that the staff plan be submitted to the commissioners at its work session Monday.

Jan. 20, 2016 – By Jeff Chew/iFIBER One News

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