MINUTES FOR THE SPECIAL MEETING
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
CALL TO ORDER
Monday, January 9, 2017
Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way
Council Chair Rosenthal called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room. Mayor Stromberg arrived at 5:30 p.m.
Councilor Slattery, Morris, Lemhouse, Seffinger, and Rosenthal were present.
NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS
1. Adoption of selection criteria and discussion of selection process for Administrative Services/Finance Director
Human Resource Director Tina Gray explained Council needed to adopt the criteria and selection process during an open meeting that allowed public comment prior to conducting interviews in an executive session.
The City hired Wendi Brown Creative Partners (WBCP) for recruitment services. Wendi Brown, executive recruiter for WBCP held interviews with department heads and finance staff prior to the recruitment process to identify key skill sets for the Administrative Services/Finance Director. This included how that leadership would work with community constituents, elected officials, and the city administrator. From there, they developed key competency skill sets that included fiscal acumen, leadership and communication, business acumen and technology, with subset skills listed in the brochure. She went on to describe Background and Education requirements also listed in the brochure.
Eighty applicants applied for the position with 20 phone screened that resulted in a candidate pool of five applicants. Those candidates participated in two panel interviews earlier that day. On January 10, 2017, Ms. Brown would provide Council and the Mayor summaries on each candidate followed by first interviews with Council.
Ms. Gray added the candidates participated in a meet and greet with Finance Department staff earlier in the day. There was also citizen feedback from the online Open City Hall.
Regina Ayars/199 Hillcrest/
Raised a concern that there were no women in senior management positions in the City and hoped some of the applicants were women. She strongly supported gender equity, and the importance of having female representatives as role models for women and girls in the community.
Councilor Rosenthal/Slattery m/s to approve the selection criteria and selection process for Administrative Services/Finance Director. DISCUSSION:
Councilor Rosenthal appreciated Ms. Gray and Ms. Brown’s efforts. He was impressed with the brochure and the process. Councilor Seffinger appreciated that prioritization skills were included. Voice Vote: All AYES Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
Dana Smith, Assistant to the City Recorder John Stromberg, Mayor