About three months after they thought they were done, Wichita’s City Manager Search Committee Wednesday will be back in board room at 1 p.m. Robert Slavin, president of the city’s chosen headhunting firm, Slavin Management Consultants, will meet with the 17-member committee, Mayor Carl Brewer said today. Brewer said he wasn’t sure whether Slavin will present any candidates yet. Committee Chairwoman Misty Bruckner said she doesn’t expect to hear about any candidates. Instead, she said, the meeting on the 10th floor of City Hall will include a short talk with Brewer, an outline of the committee’s time line and some more details on how the process will work. The meeting is open to the public, but some of the issues will be discussed in a closed-door session, Bruckner said.
This re-boots what some have called a failed process that in its last go round only produced one candidate… who eventually left the city hanging when he backed out of his contract a week before his start date. This time, however, the consultant firm is on a larger contract that tasks them with much of the vetting that was conducted in-house last time around. It also has a new committee chairperson.
How long will it take? What will change? How many candidates will be interviewed? Will the city change how it writes its contracts to prevent another manager from withdrawing at the last minute? Will the city just stick with Interim City Manager Scott Moore?
All have yet to be seen.