COLLEGE PARK – After months of searching and sifting through candidates, the city will finally have a new city manager. Along with the help of the Mercer Group and stakeholders throughout the College Park community, Mayor Andrew Fellows said, the council selected Scott Somers as their new city manager to replace Joe Nagro. “It’s a […]
COLLEGE PARK – After months of searching and sifting through candidates, the city will finally have a new city manager.
Along with the help of the Mercer Group and stakeholders throughout the College Park community, Mayor Andrew Fellows said, the council selected Scott Somers as their new city manager to replace Joe Nagro.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to be selected as College Park’s next city manager. I have big shoes to fill,” Somers said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of Mr. Nagro in terms of building relationships and collaborating with the university on sustainable redevelopment and economic development efforts.”
The lengthy search to “replace someone who is impossible to replace,” in Joe Nagro, Fellows said, has finally paid off. The council had many discussions on who the proper candidates were and they decided on Somers.
“There was a lot of deliberation on a lot of candidates from all across the country,” Fellows said.
Councilmember Pat Brennan said the stakeholders who contributed to the process of selection were essential in reviewing the highly qualified candidates the city considered. Somers has a bright future in leadership ahead of him, Brennan said.
The city went through a very thorough process with the city manager search, according to Brennan, and a “good” process for the council.
“I’d like to thank everybody who has been affected by this process and the council for their deliberations and discussions that went into this process,” Brennan said. “We saw a lot of very qualified people through this process and I think we have come out with somebody who we very much look forward to working with and see a very bright future from.”
Though they have his replacement in place, according to councilmember Stephanie Stullich, the city is going to miss Nagro and the work that he has done for them. But in the process, she said, they have found an “outstanding” city manager.
“We should be really pleased that we have an outstanding new city manager who is preparing to join us,” Stullich said. “As Mayor Fellows said, Mr. Nagro is irreplaceable and we are sure going to miss you. But I’m very excited that we did succeed in finding an outstanding candidate to be our new city manager.”
The city is still working on the specifics of Somers’ contract, Fellows said, and still adjustments they can make to better suit both parties. For example, Somers would like to give a 30-day advance notice in case of resignation. Previously, the city has asked for a 90-day advanced notice for any resignation.
The exact date for Somers’ start as city manager has not been selected as of yet, but he is expected to start at the end of September after Nagro leaves his post as city manager.
“We don’t know the date of when, exactly, he’s going to be starting. But we’ll be able to announce that fairly soon,” Fellows said.
Nagro, who will act as the city manager until September 11, announced his resignation earlier this year with plans to retire on June 30. Because of the comprehensive search, Fellows said, Nagro agreed to continue in his position until the city resolved their search.
Somers is leaving his post as a county manager in Clatsop County, Ore. He has previously served as a city manager in the city of Reedsport, Ore. as well as a few municipalities in Minnesota. Somers said his focuses in College Park as the city manager will pertain to developing the city economically and staying within accordance to their new strategic plan from 2015-2020.