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March 12, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting
29. Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract for City Manager Recruitment Services with Ralph Andersen & Associates in the Amount of $35,000 (Event No. 7198)
Strategic Priority
Good Government

Recommend approval to award a contract for executive recruitment services to Ralph Andersen & Associates in the amount of $35,000. These services will be used to recruit candidates for the City of Savannah’s next City Manager.

On August 29, 2019, Council approved the use of four firms that were deemed pre-qualified to conduct executive recruitment searches at the City’s request in the amount of $100,000. Those firms were Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Developmental Associates, The Mercer Group, Inc. and Ralph Andersen & Associates. On December 19, 2019, a fifth firm, Colin Baenziger & Associates, was added to the pre-qualified vendor list.

For the City Manager search, proposers were reviewed and scored by current council members. Scores were evaluated on the basis of qualifications and experience, project approach and fees. Of the five pre-qualified firms, only four were considered, as Developmental Associates chose not to submit a response for this search.

The recommended firm will be responsible for developing marketing materials based on Council's visioning session priorities. Council will determine the number of applications it will review, as well as the number of candidates to interview. 

The highest scoring vendor, The Mercer Group, Inc. withdrew its proposal from consideration.



Jeff Grant, Director of Human Resources
Financial Impact
Expenditure of $35,000 from the General Fund
Review Comments
Exhibit 2: Funding Verification - City Manager Recruitment Services.pdf
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