About 70 candidates apply to be Myrtle Beach’s next city manager, interviews expected in September

08/19/2014 11:11 PM

08/19/2014 11:12 PM

About 70 people applied to replace Myrtle Beach’s retiring city manager and interviews are expected to begin in September.

Slavin Management Consultants, based in Norcross, Ga., posted the job opening July 21 on several websites and applications were accepted until Monday, according to the job posting.

Myrtle Beach City Council is working with the management firm to replace city manager Tom Leath, who is retiring after 29 years with the city.

Leath said he expects Slavin to bring the resumes of 10 to 12 applicants to the Sept. 9 City Council meeting for members to review. Council members would select a certain number of applicants that would be brought in for interviews sometime in September, Leath said.

“They’ll go over those [applications] and decide who all they want to interview,” Leath said. “They’ll narrow down the list to a manageable number.”

Leath has said that he will do what he can to help make a smooth transition to the new leader. Myrtle Beach has two assistant city managers, John Pedersen and Ron Andrews.

“Mr. [Robert] Slavin has met with council members individually and the department heads to get feedback from city staff,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said in July. “To get their thoughts on issues and challenges that a new city manager might face.”

Kruea said he thinks a new city manager could be in place by October or November.

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.

Representatives for Slavin said their contract does not allow them to discuss the search.

Slavin has placed city managers in Newark, Del., Snellville, Ga., and Rock Hill, as well as a city administrator in Georgetown, according to their website.

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