Coming on the heels of Mayor George Proto opting out of the upcoming Mayoral race, Town Manager Brent Manuel has announced his resignation from his position with the town. His resignation is effective April 6, 2018. Mr. Manuel began his position as town manager on April 6, 2015 after spending 13 years with the town of Woodstock.
Assistant Town Manager Bob Panek will be the interim town manager effective April 6th.
At a work session this Thursday, town council began the process of finding a replacement for Mr. Manuel.
The majority of the discussion revolved around the approach the town will take, whether to hire an outside recruiting firm, or to handle the hiring in-house. Council members Natali and Buchholz favored the in-house approach. Bennett and Bannon, while not against hiring in-house, voiced concerns that the amount of work involved may be over council’s head. Mayor Proto acknowledged those concerns, but given the cost involved in using a professional recruiter, was willing to sign onto the in-house approach. However, Proto still wants a formal RFP for the recruiting service. Bannon and Natali disagreed, noting that an RFP would take too long, and they would rather “get to the meat” of the process.
A local ‘Head Hunter’ has also volunteered services to help with the search, free of charge.
Council formally created a search committee made up of Mayor Proto, Councilwoman Natali, Clerk Libby Hume, and assistant town manager Bob Panek.
Immediate tasks for the committee are:
- Create an advertisement to be placed with organizations such as the VML, ICMA and VACO.
- Create and release an RFP for recruiters
- Contact ANPDC to see if they could help
- Contact local head hunter to see if their services could be useful