Paso Robles City Council to begin hunt for new city manager

The city of Paso Robles has started its work to find a new city manager to replace Jim App, who will retire at the end of 2015, after 18 years.  

Last month, App, 63, announced that he would be retiring Dec. 30. He said he announced early to give the city time to replace him. 

At its meeting Tuesday, the Paso Robles City Council is expected to be asked what type of process it would like to use to find App’s successor, as well as how to get the public involved.

To fill its leadership vacancies, city officials say Paso Robles typically uses a professional executive search firm. That’s been the process used in recent years when the city sought and found a new community development director, public works director and police chief using Avery & Associates in Los Gatos, which bid for the search contracts.

In a report to the council, city staffers say they have already sought proposals for executive search services. The bids are due today and are expected to be presented to the council for consideration at its April 7 meeting.

Options for public involvement may include offering input on what traits they want in a city manager and forming a citizen interview panel.

When the city sought a new police chief in 2012, workshops in both English and Spanish were held for residents, and a citizen interview panel helped screen candidates.