02/12/2018 Marianne Manderfield Public Information Coordinator press-release

Holland, MI – The Search Committee for Holland’s next City Manager has narrowed its’ search to three candidates. There were 60 applicants in the pool, from those 60, seven were recommended and three have been chosen for the final stage.

The three candidates selected for consideration are:

Victor Cardenas, Assistant City Manager, Novi, MI

Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, Township Supervisor of Redford, MI

Keith Van Beek, Deputy County Administrator, Ottawa County, MI

The three candidates will be in Holland on Wednesday, February 14th to tour the City and meet with members of the Leadership Team and city staff. Thursday, February 15th each candidate will be interviewed by the Search Committee, a group of Council members, city staff and community residents selected by Amy Cell Talent. The evening of the 15th, the City will host a public reception from 5 – 7pm at City Hall in Council Chambers. During this reception, all City residents are invited to hear remarks from the three finalists and to talk with them. During the reception there will also be an opportunity for the public to provide feedback to the Search Committee via “comment cards”. Those “comment cards” will be shared with the Committee later that evening so they may review and take those comments from residents into consideration for their final selection.

The Search Committee will meet on Friday, February 16th to make a recommendation to City Council for the final candidate. City Council will review the Committee’s suggestion and take the appropriate action during the next Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 21st.

November 1st, 2017, City Council adopted a resolution approving Amy Cell Talent as the search firm for the City Manager position. Amy Cell Talent has continued to work with the City Manager Search Committee throughout the search process.

Former City Manager Ryan Cotton retired in June 2017. Greg Robinson was contracted to serve as Interim City Manager through January 31st. His contract had the option to be extended in 30- day time periods. He opted not to extend the contract so he could focus on his family. Chief of Public Safety, Matt Messer, was appointed by City Council to serve as the Interim City Manager following Greg Robinson. Chief Messer began serving as Interim City Manager February 1st.

About the City of Holland:

The City of Holland, Michigan is a vibrant community in a beautiful lakefront setting. It is a world-class city with a small-town feel, making it one of the best places to live, work and vacation. Holland has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine as one of the safest and most beautiful places in the U.S. and was voted as the “Second Happiest and Healthiest Places to Live in America” by Gallup- Healthways Well-Being Index. In 2015, Holland landed the number three spot on the Livability.com list as one of the “10 Best Cities for Families.”

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