Balk informed the council of his decision to retire in the spring and said after 13 years he feels it is his time to step away from the city administrator position and possibly pursue a career in economic development.
Since telling the council of his retirement, Balk has been involved with organizing a search to find a suitable candidate to fill his soon-to-be vacant seat.
Russell and Balk are not the only city officials helping organize the search, and soon the entire City Council will have an opportunity to meet with the potential candidates to finalize a decision.
“We’re going to try our best to get a unanimous recommendation to the council,” Russell said. “The fact that the council will get to meet the candidates and get their own impressions, I don’t think there will be any controversy in making a (final) selection.”
Once the recommendation is approved by the council, the new city administrator position should be filled by the middle of October.
Russell feels the selection committee is on pace to make the deadline and attributes hours of hard work for staying on schedule.
“This is one time when the City Council and the mayor have to step up and say ‘this is one of the most important jobs we have’,” Russell said. “I praise everybody for putting in a lot of time and I’m pleased with where we’re at right now.”