Lebanon Hires Consulting Firm to Help with City Manager Search

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lebanon — A New Hampshire-based municipal consulting firm has been chosen to lead Lebanon’s city manager search.

The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to offer Municipal Resources Inc., of Meredith, N.H., a $17,000 contract to help select a new city manager. MRI also will be paid an additional $1,200 to advertise for the position, according to Interim City Manager Paula Maville.

MRI was one of two firms interviewed to lead the search last weekend. The other firm considered for the role was Strategic Government Resources, of Keller, Texas.

Councilors on Wednesday said they chose MRI because of the company’s track record in New England. The firm recently worked with the neighboring communities of Claremont, Hartford and Enfield to fill top municipal roles.

Lebanon has been without a permanent city manager since the Council fired Dennis Luttrell in March 2016. Since then, Maville has taken on the role in an interim basis.

The city is hoping to complete its search for a new manager within the next 11 or 12 weeks, Maville said on Thursday, adding it could take more time as the city completes a community profile used to attract candidates.

She said the Council has yet to decide how involved it will be in the search process or if they might appoint a search committee.