Eastpointe City Council extends interim city manager contract

Council to begin interviewing for new city manager in September

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 14, 2018

 Eastpointe interim City Manager Ryan Cotton poses for a photo inside his office at Eastpointe City Hall. Recently, the Eastpointe City Council voted to extend his contract until October. The council will begin the process of interviewing new city manager candidates in September.

Eastpointe interim City Manager Ryan Cotton poses for a photo inside his office at Eastpointe City Hall. Recently, the Eastpointe City Council voted to extend his contract until October. The council will begin the process of interviewing new city manager candidates in September.

Photo provided by Bill Driskell

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted to extend interim City Manager Ryan Cotton’s contract until October during a July meeting, and the council will begin the process of interviewing a new city manager in September. 

In Cotton’s original contract, the council had the option to extend it from July 27 until October if necessary. Cotton began as interim city manager April 23. 

Cotton was hired through a staffing company called GovTempsUSA. The contract rate is $84 per hour with GovTempsUSA, which receives 28.6 percent of the $84-per-hour rate. 

GovTempsUSA is responsible for all payroll withholdings and workers’ compensation expenses, and it offers its employees optional health insurance and a matching contribution toward an individual retirement account, according to the city. 

The City Manager’s Office said that city manager candidates will have until Aug. 20 to apply for the position. 

Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. said that the council is “starting the process to find a permanent manager.” The second week of September, the council will meet in closed session — a meeting not open to the public — to review the top 10 city manager candidates. 

On Sept. 26, the council will conduct the first candidate interview at 5 p.m. inside the council chambers, 23200 Gratiot Ave. On Sept 27, second interviews will be held at 3 p.m. inside the  council chambers. 

The Sept. 26-27 meetings will be open to the public. 

DeMonaco said he didn’t want to rush the process in finding the right candidate for city manager. 

“Right now, we have the right staff to take care of the city for the time being. I don’t want to rush finding a permanent city manager, because it’s an important role, and I think we’re taking the right steps to find the right person. In the meantime, we have the right people to take care of the city until then,” said DeMonaco. 

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley said Cotton removed himself from the process, since the city is using the same company that Cotton works for to find a permanent city manager. 

“(Cotton) didn’t want to be involved because of conflict of interest,” said Pixley. “He initiated the advertising piece that we had for the city manager position, and he’s moving on from there.”

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