IMLAY CITY — The search for a new full-time city manager is focusing on three finalists.
Interim Manager Dennis Collison said a search committee, consisting of city commissioners Amy Planck, Marty Rankin and Al Ramirez, interviewed six top candidates last Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 27.
Out of that group, the search committee selected three finalists to be interviewed by the full commission during an upcoming public meeting.
The finalists include: Troy Feltman, Bath Charter Township Manager; Tom Youalt, West Branch City Manager; and William "Bill" Cooper, formerly the city manager of Hamtramck.
Collison described all six of those interviewed last week as "good candidates" for the full-time post.
"I think any of them could have been good choices," said Collison. "But the three finalists have a little more experience."
Collison said he hopes the public interviews of the three finalists can be scheduled for the commission's Tues., April 15 meeting.
Once a new manager is selected, Collison, said he would consider staying on as a part-time consultant.
"That would be up to the commission and the new manager," said Collison. "The potential is there that I could stay on in that capacity.
Collison is well-versed in Imlay City government, having previously served as the city's full-time manager from 1984-1995.
"We have $13 million in proposed projects coming down the pike real soon," Collison noted. "That doesn't include having to decide whether to contract with Detroit Water and Sewerage or the Karegnondi for water. There's a lot going on."
Collison was hired as the city's interim manager in September 2013, following the commission's sudden termination of former city manager, Wayne O'Neal.
He is currently working under the terms of his second three-month contract as an employee of the Spicer Group, which expired on March 31.
Collison is being paid at the rate of $65 per hour, based on a three-day week.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.