Chelan beginning search for a new city administrator

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The city of Chelan is looking for a new city administrator after current Administrator Mike Jackson announced last week he was stepping down.

The City Council is considering a proposal to pay Issaquah-based Prothman Executive Recruitment up to $18,500 to help in the search.

Jackson started work for Chelan in October, 2016, and his departure comes after incumbent Mayor Mike Cooney was defeated in the Nov. 5 election by former Mayor Bob Goedde.

Jackson offered to stay on for six months, but instead will leave at the end of the year.

Prothman recently was hired to find Moses Lake’s new city manager, a position that eventually was filled by Wenatchee Executive Services Director Allison Williams.

The recruitment company’s first proposed step will be to travel to Chelan for stakeholder interviews the weeks of December 9 and 16.

After those meetings, a profile will be created for the next city administrator, with advertising for the position to begin Jan. 6.

According to Prothman’s proposal, semifinalists would be identified by March 2, with the final interview process scheduled for March 23-27 in Chelan.

The city hopes to have the new administrator on the job by May.