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Posted on: September 25, 2020

City begins search for new City Manager


The City of Bainbridge Island has started its formal search for the next City Manager.

 The cutoff for the first review of applications is Oct. 20, and the City Council seeks to complete the hiring process by the end of the year.

 As a Council-Manager form of government, the City Council appoints a professional City Manager who is responsible for the daily operations of the organization.

 “The effort to hire a new City Manager will undoubtedly be some of the most important work that Council does for, hopefully, many years to come,” Mayor Leslie Schneider said. “This moment provides our City the opportunity to find a partner to lead our community on new priorities, such as climate change and race equity. We will do everything in our power to 'get this right.'”

 The City hired Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to lead the nationwide search. SGR specializes in public sector executive recruitment.

Candidate qualifications will be reviewed by SGR and the City Council to determine semi-finalists, followed by a more intensive review of a smaller number of finalists. The finalists often participate in a range of assessments, including public presentations and interview panels with community members, City Council members, City leadership staff, and other stakeholders. The final selection is made by Council members who will negotiate an employment agreement to conclude the hiring process.

Ideally, the City Manager search process will happen on a timeline that allows the new manager to be in place by Jan. 1, 2021. If the recruitment timeline extends longer than planned, the City Council will work with SGR on options for City leadership during the interim period.

 The next City Manager will succeed Morgan Smith, whose contract expires at the end of the year. Smith was hired in 2010 as Deputy City Manager and promoted to City Manager in 2018.

 “I extend immense gratitude to City Manager Morgan Smith, who stepped in as a seasoned professional with a love for our island and the COBI staff, and offered us two years of transition. As we deal with the COVID crisis, we are in much better shape than many other cities due to her leadership on disciplined spending and responsible preparations for such emergencies,” Schneider said.

For more information about the opening and to apply, please visit

 Stay informed on the search process and learn more about the City Manager’s duties and responsibilities at

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