Three executive hiring firms in consideration for Myrtle Beach city manager search

Two Georgia firms and a Florida company are in the running to help lead the search for a replacement for retiring city manager Tom Leath.

The firms are Atlanta-based The Mercer Group Inc.; Slavin Management Consultants, based in Norcross, Ga.; and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.- based Colin Baeziger and Associates.

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

A motion is on Tuesday’s City Council agenda to pick a firm, though the council may choose to do it later.

“They’ve got some time,” Leath said. “The process itself – once they hire the firm – the process from the time they start looking to the time they make a recommendation is in the 100- to 120-day range. So there is some time yet.”

Leath said if the council does not make a selection on Tuesday, he expects a decision by the end of June.

Leath has said that he will do what he can to help make a smooth transition to the new leader. 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.