Cloverdale council looking for new town manager
CLOVERDALE -- Cloverdale leaders are moving forward with finding a new town manager, a position which has been in limbo since April.
The Cloverdale Town Council approved a proposal to advertise the position, as well as establish a committee to review applications as they come in, during a special meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Town Attorney Daniel Hofmann began the conversation saying that the “need is there” for a new town manager. The council has previously indicated that one is needed to mediate between the municipal government’s departments.
With a job description already approved in October, Clerk-Treasurer Kelly Maners said the council’s main goal for the meeting was to “nail down specifics” of when and where it would be posted.
Town Marshal Steve Hibler told said the Cloverdale Police Department has recently had success with using the job search engine Indeed. He said vetting applicants could be done with screening questions, while also allowing applicants to upload documents.
The council approved for the job to be published in the Banner Graphic, on Indeed and with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water through Water Treatment Manager Richard Saucerman. The council also agreed to a two-week application timeframe from the time of posting (around Dec. 1).
As to the review committee, Hofmann said a two-person model was best to review applicants’ qualifications and conduct initial interviews. The best qualified could then be presented to the council for consideration.
Council member Rick Dearwester motioned to appoint Council Vice President Greg Jay and Council President Larry Fidler as the committee. His motion was passed with Jay abstaining.
Cloverdale’s town manager role has been vacant since the termination of Wayne Galloway -- who also worked as the town’s building inspector -- earlier this year.
In other business:
• The council approved the purchase of Samsung tablets for each council member. Maners showed one recently bought for Saucerman, adding that they could be purchased on sale for $169.
Maners has brought up paying for this and other updates using money the town has secured through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The next regular meeting of the Cloverdale Town Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Cloverdale Town Hall.