Hire manager locally
I strongly suggest that the City Council consider someone local to hire as the new City Manager. His/her learning curve would not be as steep as the complete strangers that we usually hire.
Then, too, we don't need another who is just fleshing out his resume' and will be moving on when a better-paying job opens up anywhere.
Of course it will work. Just look at the three young local entrepreneurs who manage the Coppermill, Loop's Brewery and the yet to come new sports bar. All local and on fire for what is good for this area!
(Has been council member with a BAD City Manager!)