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Maplewood City Council Policy & Politics


Search Firm Questions

In preparation for last night's interviews of the two search firm finalists, I prepared three questions in advance to ask them both.

  1. Maplewood was in the media a lot in the past couple of years, and often not in a positive light. How would you describe this publicity to a prospective applicant in a way that is honest but still makes Maplewood attractive as a place to work?
  2. We are a council with some strong differences of opinion and personality. Although I hope for unanimous support of a final choice, it may not be possible for us to unite behind the one candidate in the end. From your experience and professional judgement, do you think this is a major problem for Maplewood's ability to attract and retain a highly qualified city manager; and what will you do, as part of your role in the process, to mitigate the problem?
  3. I've heard it said that it is especially hard to attract candidates from outside of Minnesota because of factors such as the salary caps in place in our state. Do you think it is possible to recruit on a truly nation-wide basis, and how do you plan to achieve that?


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