City outlines search for treasurer, DPS director

Mayor Mark Warba

BIG RAPIDS — City Commissioners Dan Rothstein and Lorraine James will lead a committee to narrow the field of applicants seeking to be city treasurer. The reduced number of applicants will then be presented to the city commission to select candidates to interview.

Eighteen resumes were submitted for the position that will be vacated by Julie Tetsworth on Dec. 16. She announced in September that she will retire as treasurer to spend more time with her family.

“I would hope (the high number of applicants) is a reflection on how people view the city and have the ability to come work for us,” said Mayor Mark Warba. “With 18 applicants, it might be a bit unwieldy for commissioners to narrow the field.”

Commissioners also were updated on Monday on the process to find a new director of the Department of Public Safety. A committee of eight is reviewing the 24 resumes submitted to select candidates for interview. The committee includes: City Clerk Roberta Cline, City Manager Steve Sobers, city attorney Eric Williams, Big Rapids Emergency Medical Services Supervisor Dan Farrow, vice president for student affairs at Ferris State University Dan Burcham, former mayor Bob Horan, owner of the Old Pioneer Store and Emporium Carlleen Rose and Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell.

“They have copies of the submitted resumes and are reviewing the 24 applicants to narrow the field to the five to seven range to be interviewed,” Sobers said. “The committee expects to meet on Nov. 18 to discuss the applicants. The expectation is that they’ll narrow the field at that time.”

In other news, a motion to approve a two-year contract with Colt Aviation to be the fixed base operator to manage Roben-Hood Airport died for lack of support.

Commissioners wanted more time to review the contract before agreeing to its terms. The contract includes four, two-year extension options, making the total possible length of the agreement 10 years.

“There are some issues that I think we have to work on in the proposed agreement,” Warba said. “There are things that we need to do our homework on (before approving this contract).”

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