A request for proposal was produced earlier this month for a consulting firm to help until a planning director is hired in Macomb Township. The position has been vacant since May.

A request for proposal was produced earlier this month for a consulting firm to help until a planning director is hired in Macomb Township. The position has been vacant since May.

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RFP produced for consulting firm in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 22, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than seven months after the job opened, Macomb Township is still seeking a planning director.

At the Nov. 6 Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Kathy Smith asked if the township was using a recruiter to fill the position.

In September, the board agreed to use a recruiter to help fill the need. It selected Amy Cell Talent to serve in that role.

Recruiters find quality candidates to fill job openings for companies.

A request for proposal was produced earlier this month for a consulting firm to help in the interim. Bidding opened Nov. 21.

“After you proposed a recruiter, we did an extensive search for a recruiter and had a difficult time finding anyone that was interested in doing that type of thing for a planner,” Macomb Township Human Resources Director and Legal Counsel Tom Esordi said. “We proceeded to a national search with some groups.”

In late October, Clerk Kristi Pozzi, Engineer Jim Van Tilfin, Supervisor Janet Dunn and Esordi met to discuss the status of the position.

Esordi said one recruiter proposal was for $20,000, which the township felt wasn’t an appropriate amount of money.

“They updated some of the online postings for the position to include a video and brochure to entice people,” Pozzi said. “From what I understand, we’ve had some new applicants apply.”

On Nov. 4, Smith thought the township wasn’t going the recruiter way.

Esordi said it would be like selling a house, listing it with a broker, and running an ad yourself at the same time.

“I think that presents a little bit of a problem,” he said.

A talent proposal from Amy Cell Talent was received Oct. 23.

“It indicates they’ll post the position on over 100 national websites and job boards for 60 days, also promoting it on social media platforms and a weekly newsletter,” Pozzi said.

The fee for the recruiting engagement with Amy Cell Talent was $2,500.

Until a planning director or a consultant firm is hired, Patrick Meagher, who resigned as planning director in May, will serve as the planning consultant to assist Van Tiflin, who is currently leading the engineering and planning departments.

“There was never the intent to eliminate moving forward with a headhunter to aggressively again fill this great position that offers a lot to our township,” Pozzi said at the meeting. “It seems there’s a lot of discussion on something we already agreed to do as a board.

Pozzi added that a couple applicants were interviewed in the summer, which led to job offers that didn’t pan out.

The position of planning director was posted online April 24. The job pays over $104,000 and requires 10 years of progressively responsible planning experience. The township website indicates the position offer closes Dec. 2.