Evanston city manager search cost $95,000


EVANSTON, IL — After the initial search for a new permanent city manager failed last month, the city council is expected to spend significantly more to hire a new executive search firm.

A $70,000 contract with Stanton Chase, a Baltimore-based consulting and research firm, is on the agenda for approval on Monday.

The search for the city manager began last year after former city manager Erika Storlie negotiated a resignation and layoff agreement as part of an investigation into the city’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct among the parks department staff assigned to lakeside.

In September 2021, the city council approved a $25,000 contract with Cooperative Personnel Services of Sacramento, California, or CPS HR, to lead the research.

“Following the process orchestrated by CPS HR, the final candidate has accepted a position elsewhere,” city attorney Nick Cummings said in a memo to city council.

According to the retention letter, the Stanton Chase search will be led by Jeff Perkins, former vice president of SpaceX and chief human resources officer at NPR; Nancy Newman, former senior vice president of Viacom CBS; and Eric Van Der Zanden, former Dutch police captain.

The deal includes a one-year performance guarantee for the new city manager. If the person resigns or is fired for reasons directly related to the search process, the company offers to do a new search free of charge.

Former company lawyer and deputy city manager Kelley Gandurski has served as acting city manager since Storlie left in October 2021. She has not expressed interest in taking the job on time. full.



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