McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council set the starting salary range and ironed out wording for a recruitment ad, both pertaining to the new city manager position, during a special meeting at council chambers, Monday evening. The advertised starting salary will be at $78,000 annually, which one councilman said equaled advertised salary plus an adjustment for inflation, that was used last time the city manager courting process was conducted.
Other benefits for the position, such as vehicle compensation or use of the city car, were decided to be stated as negotiable, dependent upon qualifications of the applicant.
Councillors directed city staff to place the ad in the International City/County Management Association newsletter, on the ICMA website, as well as in the McCook Daily Gazette. Councillors briefly discussed placing the ad in other major markets, specifically mentioning Lincoln, Denver, Kansas City and Rapid City, before ultimately deciding the cost outweighed potential benefits.
Council members set compensation for City Clerk Lea Ann Doak and Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff at an additional $2,250 per month. The two will split duties of the city manager until the position is filled.
Mayor Dennis Berry suggested the increase, which was up from the $2,000 in monthly compensation the pair received last time they covered the position, saying he felt some sort of increase was in order for inflation reasons.
Berry also suggested council members consider enlisting the assistance of a recruitment specialist, should the number of applications received reach an unusually high number. Berry stated that he had been told the city of Aurora, Nebraska, received more than 60 applications for their advertised city manager position in May 2011.
Councillors decided to review the number of applications during a July meeting, to see if the number received warranted spending the estimated $1,500 for the assistance of a recruitment specialist.