Canadian Home Builders Association:
The only employee of Lethbridge City Council is the City Manager. Should a vacancy occur, what are the skills you will look for in a candidate, what recruitment process would you advocate for, and how will you ensure a transparent recruitment process?

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Burke

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I would advocate for an independent hiring firm to be involved in the hiring process, with Council closely involved. Through an independent hiring firm the recruitment process will be more transparent and a wider candidate pool may be achieved. The skills I would look for in a candidate would include systems planning, fiscal responsibility, leadership, team building, visionary, and a team player.


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Burrows-Johnson

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We would require a list of core competencies required for this position, and additional competencies related to our future plans for the city. I would recommend that we conduct a national search for qualified candidates.


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Campbell

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I'd be looking for the person who best fits the job description: Someone who can maintain the city budget and represent the municipality in a variety of settings. They must have an ability to research issues important to the city and advise the mayor and council on the best course of action. I'm not certain on how the city does their recruiting but I would think the search should be far reaching not just in Lethbridge. Transparency would be part of the vetting process by what I suspect would be a hiring committee made up of appropriate people who understand what a City Manager is tasked to do.


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Carlson

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Qualities: Hard working, Practical, Excellent Financial Skills, Strong and Inspiring Leadership, Excellent Communicator, Open and Approachable, Innovative, and a strong Team Builder. Recruitment Process: Utilize a respected, national recruitment agency. Transparency: Create and follow a process that is publicized to our community before it is undertaken, and then referenced when the process is complete.


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Coffman

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A council’s greatest responsibility is to hire a CAO, as the CAO is the most important person in a municipal organization. S/he is responsible for operationalizing the strategic plan under Council’s governance. The recruitment process should include: a) hiring an interim CAO for up to one year, to give Council time to properly identify and recruit the right person; b) Council holding a public discussion of the preferred skills and character of a CAO; c) using an independent recruiter to identify candidates from across Canada; d) updating the City Manager Bylaw prior to short-listing possible candidates; e) ensuring that the new CAO is hired for a defined term with measurable metrics.


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Crowson

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A city manager must have both hard skills (technical knowledge of city operations) and soft skills (people skills). Required skills would include: excellent judgment and decision making; conflict management and negotiation ability; leadership; team-building; budgeting and project management; and history of highly ethical behavior and integrity. I would advocate for using a recruitment firm to institute a search. While ensuring appropriate FOIP/privacy and Human Resources laws are followed, I would advocate that we keep the public informed on the process including our expectations for a candidate, the process we’re using and why, who is involved and the timeline for hiring.


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Germshied

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If the position became vacant I think some of the essential skills would be organization, as they would definitely have a full plate implementing the council's plans. They should have training in some sort of multicultural services as there is a broad spectrum in our area with many different ideas and ways of life, which need to be respected and worked with. They should have experience in the administration of a city our size and similar demographics. The position should be poem to all, but concentrated in our area. If other skills are slightly lacking they can be learned. I'm sure the other councillors have ideas I may not have thought of, which is good, and the reason there are eight seats


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Gibb

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Whether we hire someone from Lethbridge or from somewhere else, we need to find the most qualified person for the job. We need a city manager who has experience running a large administration, and leading organizations to work together to solve problems. We also need to focus on better training for our current personnel, to ensure that in the future we have the most qualified and diverse municipal workforce to draw from, for management and administrative purposes. We need to ensure we find a candidate that will work with council in a productive way. We also need to ensure the hiring process is open, transparent, and clearly communicated to the public.


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Ginther

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The top skill I would look for is experience in running a council and a city and/or a business. The candidate one need to be a person (either male or female) who possessed great listening skills and is willing to attend community functions as a way of supporting the particular event. In terms of recruitment, I would follow the same procedure as has been the case in the past and that is by making the general public aware of the "vacancy" by posting the position on social media as well as the many other forms of communication.


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Heavy Head

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"The Peter Principle" illustrates how "managers rise to their level of incompetence" by being promoted in an organization based on the performance of their last job. Eventually, the person would find themselves in a position they are unable to perform. In theory, an organization can have a completely incompetent hierarchy if hiring constantly from within. Therefore, hiring from the outside can serve the organization. Searching outside for the best talent would not be off the table, but neither should be promoting from within. We have many knowledgeable people in city administration, though the best talent from outside should not be out of the question. Truly open competition is the best way.


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Hoffarth

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Together with a passion for local government and serving people a City Manager must be able to multitask and make confident decisions. The core skill-set includes managing complex budgets and multiple departments, and to understand how local government operates including provincial and federal codes and conditions. They must have superior leadership skills, written and verbal communication skills and be capable of explaining complex issues to city government and the public. Also, analytical skills, and ability to negotiate contracts and agreements with personnel, and others. The search process must be open and cast a diverse net to ensure that the most qualified applicant is selected.


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Hyggen

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Some of the skills I would consider important for the City Manager would be someone with background in finance and management, excellent human resource skills and strong leadership abilities. I feel the recruitment process should be done by an independent recruitment agency with guidance from the members of City Council. This would insure the process is transparent.


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Iwaskiw

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They have to have emotional intelligence, strong leadership skills, clear communication style and the ability to think out of the box. I was never a fan of hiring search firms until I was part of the selection committee for our new chief of police. We hired an agency out of Calgary who interviewed all parties affected by the hire to get their feedback, brought us top quality candidates and took care of arranging confidential interviews in a way we could never accomplish here in town. I would suggest the same process. The process will be transparent but not the candidates if they prefer confidentiality.


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Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.


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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.


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MacLeod

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I believe the City of Lethbridge already has a recruitment strategy. The Mayor and Council would share with the public the approved strategy of what skills we are looking for in the City Manager and where we are advertising the position. Due to privacy laws, not all parts of the application process can be made public, as not all candidates want it known they are looking for a new job. The City Manager needs to be committed to the on going development and sustainability of Lethbridge to make this the best city it can be. The City Manager must have a 25 year vision of sustainable growth and development.


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Mauro

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Leadership and communication skills instantly come to mind. The successful person must have the following: vision and understanding the value of vision; openness and transparent,; respect the limitation of his/her power; focus everything on accountability and be willing to change the corporate system and culture; have a community minded approach, engage the community and be a visible leader in the community. Most important is the willingness, ability and realization the he/she is also a servant to the community and has integrity. I assume the assistance of a recruiting company would be needed and for transparency; keeping the community informed as to the process council will follow.


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Mikuliak

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The City Manager's position is diverse. This individual needs to be visionary. Particularly given the point (where rapid growth is on the horizon) in our history that we currently find ourselves in. Beyond experience in civic management, the candidate would need to possess great leadership skills, excellent communication skills, an ability to work collaboratively, possess an understanding of the tax base and the economic engines that drive our community and have a proven work ethic from past experience/references. Recruitment needs to come from an international search. Lethbridge is an attractive place to live and work. I believe qualified candidates would be attracted to such a position.


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Miyashiro

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- High level municipal management experience - Knowledgeable about elected officials governance - Deep understanding of municipal budgeting and accounting processes - Proven ability to work across, and with, multiple disciplines - Recruitment process would be via a national executive search firm. Transparency=candidates are screened to the criteria developed.


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Morrell

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I feel this position is just like any other position, you advertise and seek out the best candidate for the position. The candidates must be interview by a committee and then the best 3 candidates for the position presented to the council and a vote could be made for which person is the candidate to receive the position.


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Paladino

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The CAO must be a team builder. He/she is the broker between Council and the rest of staff. Personally, I saw great benefit in working with a CAO that was a lawyer in a previous life. With respect to recruiting, I would advocate that a private head-hunting firm be contracted to produce a list of 3-4 candidates nationwide for Council to interview.


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Parker

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1- A City Manager first and foremost must have a great understanding of the MGA. He/She must come with civic administration experience. 2- I would advocate for a national search with the opportunity for internal and external candidates for the position. 3- A sub committee of council in conjunction with City of Lethbridge Human Resources would diligently create a process that would end up determining a recommendation of a candidate to Council.


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PEREVERSEFF

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I have significant experience in recruitment, which was a major role in my previous career with the Federal Government. I will advocate for the "Merit Principal" Required skills: Educationally Qualified; Proven Experience History; Organization; Management; Communication; Leadership. The position of City Manager is widely publicised through a recruitment agency, ensuring a broad spectrum of candidates are canvassed. Ensure that an adequate period of time is allotted to attract the suitable candidates. The selection panel would consist of a combined Administration/City Council. The updated process being provided to the community upon request and posted on City Website.


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Pogorzelski

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I would look for a demonstrated leader with a strong business background and who is community orientated. I would like to see a committee made up of equal parts sr management, city council and a citizen group. We should open up the interview process to both internal and external employees with a focus on finding the most suitable person for the job, and not just someone who is part of "an old boys club". I would like to see this approach taken with all sr management positions.


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Saloff

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This is a good question, City Manager should be well versed in laws, provincial and federal. Financial skills need to be previously demonstrated.


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Shackleford

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City Manager is a very important position in our city. They are the liaison between Council/Public and City workers and city hall employees. They have to have a working knowledge of budgeting, handling personnel and critical issues facing our city. Recruitment should be on a national scale as Lethbridge is a very desirable place to work and raise a family but do not over look home grown talent as these people may have a good working knowledge of city hall and issues that are important to taxpayers. Some of the job interviews should involve groups of people from small business, seniors, working people and people from the arts and recreation fields.


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Spearman

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A city manager must be experienced and have core competencies such as a good grasp of municipal responsibilities under the MGA, ability to understand municipal finances, ability to assume command quickly, ability to gain the respect of employees and the public in a short period of time. The recruitment process will be transparent in that a nation wide search would be conducted using a professional company skilled in recruiting senior executives. The process would be communicated to the public and community organizations.


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Takahashi

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While it's easy to look at experience and education there is great value in passion, creativity, and drive. Using the internal/external recruitment process will provide the broadest spectrum of candidates. The hiring committee must include representatives from council, community organizations, and other city services. Once the candidates are selected all interviews must be conducted at public meetings. Each candidate should be rated on a score card system that will be made available to the public for viewing. While consensus based hiring is preferred with 9 council members majority may rule.


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Thurber

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Skills: Exceptional Leadership proven innovation in previous work experience willingness to challenge the status quo Looking at new ways to do things challenge staff and inspire staff to be exception one that builds trust and fosters relationships with our business community and interest groups. Recruitment: - Include 1 to 3 key members from outside agencies / businesses / other key stakeholders from business / institutional and non-profit for the selection committee along with Council this would help ensure transparency.


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Watson

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If a vacancy for City Manager opens, I would want potential candidates to demonstrate attention to detail, but are also able to envision a "big picture" for the city. I want someone who will create a culture and environment where people will feel safe and able to do their jobs, as well as increase communication and data sharing between departments.


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Wiggers

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The person holding such a position must safely demonstrate a commitment to the Citizens of Lethbridge. This person should hold the necessary experience, skills and qualities as determined by Council. The current City Manager should take an active part in the recruitment process and Council should give great credence to the opinions brought into the discussion by the person who has served this City faithfully and well for many years. That once a short list has been determined, the citizens of the City should be introduced to these candidates via digital & print media and then be given the opportunity to "interview" them in an open forum, not unlike what Candidates for Council take part in.


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Woss

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Candidate ideally should hold a degree in business management with a broad spectrum of experience (ie. from construction to upper level management prior). Person should be an inclusive & communicative leader with excellent administration skills & a collaborative management style; have a thorough knowledge of modern policies/ practices of public administration; knowledge of municipal finance, community & economic development, public works, public safety operations etc. Hire via a recruiting agency that advertises across Canada. Don’t rush the process; interview as often as needed; ask questions and have background checks and references to ensure we make the right choice.