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March 4, 2014

Myrtle Beach to hire recruitment firm for city manager search

Myrtle Beach City Council is looking to hire a firm to help the city find a new city manager.

Myrtle Beach City Council is looking to hire a firm to help the city find a new city manager.

Council passed a motion Feb. 25 that will allow the city to hire a recruitment firm to begin the search to replace city manager Tom Leath, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

“We’re in the early stages now,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said. “The City Council is, first, looking for a recruitment firm and that firm will conduct the search.

The city released a request for proposals from executive search firms Thursday. Firms have until 5 p.m. March 31 to submit their proposals.

Last month, Leath announced his intent to retire when his contract expires in December. He will have served 29 years with the city.

Leath said in a letter informing city employees of his resignation that he will do what he can to help make a smooth transition. The city has two assistant city managers, John Pedersen and Ron Andrews.

Myrtle Beach operates as a council-city manager form of government, meaning the city manager is the chief executive officer of the city and is responsible for the day-to-day activities.

According to the request for proposals, the city said one of its challenges will be to replace “most of the senior management staff, which is expected to retire within the next five to 10 years.”

Leath said the city hired a similar search group when he was hired as city manager. He said the Chicago-based Par Group – which no longer is in business – solicited applicants, narrowed them down and presented them to the City Council for approval.

“I expect the group that council hires will operate in the same way,” he said.

Leath started working for the city in January 1985 as the assistant city attorney then became city manager in November 1987.

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