The city of Susanville has enlisted the help of recruitment management firm Peckham & McKenney in its search for a qualified Economic Development Director, and the firm is now accepting applications.
An earlier effort seeking candidates by the city was unsuccessful as Newton explained to the Council that the few that had applied dropped out of the applicant pool before the interviews. Therefore necessitating the need to seek professional help.
The role has been listed with a salary range of $106,480.66 -to upwards of $149,000. The package would also include CalPERS retirement, medical, dental, vision coverages, and other benefits provided by the city.
This person will work to build an economic development program in partnership with the local governments, businesses, and stakeholders, including the Susanville Indian Rancheria.
The firm’s representative, Carl Cayhill, stated that this first attempt will likely bring around six qualified candidates in what he called a “tight market” in the pool for executive-level professionals.
Cayhill also highly suggested that this will be a challenge and money talks if efforts fail the first round, hinting that the city should raise the proposed salary to meet industry standards.
However, he shared confidence, citing Susanville’s uniqueness as one of the last regions in the state with moderate home prices and reasonable cost of living.
Applications for the Economic Development Director will be accepted through November 19th.
The Council will meet this week at 5 p.m. in City Hall; an agenda can be found on the city’s website.