By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski’s vice mayor says he would rather use a recruitment agency to find a new town manager than advertise locally.
“The problem is if you advertise locally, you’re going to get local candidates,” Vice Mayor Joseph Goodman said during a budget work session held this week. “If you try to get some kind of national advertising going you’ll attract someone who’s new to the New River Valley and even Virginia who can bring in some new ideas.”
Town Manager John Hawley, who will retire next year, told council the advertising budget in the town manager’s budget for 2013-14 may need to be increased due to the need to advertise the position. He said a new category could be added to the budget if a search agency is used.
Mayor Jeff Worrell suggested town staff explore that option. He said such agencies have been used to fill vacant positions in the past.
Hawley said he would contact some of the firms to get additional information on the process.
Hawley added that word has spread pretty fast within the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) that Pulaski will be searching for a new town manager. However, if council is interested in looking outside the state, other search methods will be needed, he added.