CLINTON — Clinton Finance Director Jessica Kinser will be appointed interim city administrator while the search is under way for a new Clinton city administrator. 

That move was made during a special City Council meeting Monday to discuss the search process.

The first step for the council was to appoint a search committee of community members to review applications for the post and recommend finalists for the council to consider.

More than two dozen names were submitted for consideration and the council selected a dozen for the search committee. They are: the Rev. Ron Lott, Nathan Sondegroth, former mayor LaMetta Wynn, Mike Rastrelli, Tim Clark, Erin George, Pat Lonergan, Clinton Community College President Karen Vickers, Rita Mullholland, Dave Keefer, Police Chief Brian Guy and Fire Chief Mike Brown.

The city’s human resources consultant Paul Greufe will lead the search process. He said he hopes when the process is over, the committee members will feel they played a role in selecting the new city administrator. Greufe will contact the members to arrange meetings.

The council also agreed to a contract with Greufe to pay him about $22,000 for the search work.

The city administrator post has been vacant since November when former administrator Jeffrey Horne resigned at the council's request after he had been on personal leave for several weeks.

At last week’s council meeting, the council supported the idea of an interim city administrator to be chosen internally.

John Rowland said he talked with Kinser about the job. Kinser said she was interested in the interim post and recognizes the time constraints of the extra work, but it would be a challenge she is willing to take on. Kinser’s education background is in public administration and she worked for a county in Michigan as a financial analyst for a short period of time and as the city administrator in Griswold, Iowa, a town of about 1,000, for nearly two years before taking the Clinton finance director job.

The council will approve extra compensation and other benefits for the interim job at a later meeting.

Greufe outlined some ideas for the committee to use in developing a list of finalists for the council to consider and how the council could schedule interviews with the finalists. The council asked for updates on the process in the weekly council reports.

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