By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
Clinton area business leaders are urging the Clinton City Council to give them a voice in the search for the new city administrator.
They also want the process to be transparent and thoughtful, according to a joint letter sent from Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Nathan Sondgeroth and Clinton Regional Development Corporation President and CEO Steve Ames.
“We recognize and respect that it is your job as our duly elected representatives to make the ultimate selection of a new City Administrator,” the joint letter from Sondgeroth and Ames stated. “However, we encourage you to listen to a broad range of perspectives and consider a diverse group of opinions before making your hiring decision.”
The letter goes on to detail the importance of the two organizations in terms of their members and the money they generate for the community.
“Beyond the dollars and cents of the commercial property taxes generated by our business members, our memberships also employ thousands of people within the city of Clinton. This means thousands of families within our community depend on the continued growth of our local businesses,” the letter reads.
“However,” they warned, “local businesses will only grow with a stable and professionally managed city.”
Clinton resident and business owner John Frey spoke to the City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday to also advocate for members partnering with the Chamber and the CRDC as it selects new city leadership.
“I think all of you understand and appreciate the importance and significance of this decision,” Frey said. “This is probably the single most important decision that this Council will be faced with because having the right people in place makes all the difference when it comes to implementing plans and having vision for the future.”
He asked the Council to allow the two organizations to be involved in the search in a detailed way, by possibly being able to interview or facilitate the process of selecting the next city administrator.
“I urge you to please proceed with due diligence, to utilize those resources that are readily available in the community to help in this process because I think working together we can get this right and it’s important that we do,” Frey said.