Under council-manager form of government, the General Statutes direct towns under 160A-150 that “When the position of city manager is vacant, the council shall designate a qualified person to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager until the vacancy is filled. (1971, c. 698, s. 1.).”
Furthermore, while municipal administrators under mayor-council forms of government are not statutorily required, administrators may retire or move on to other opportunities. This creates a need for interim administrator placement.
The process for identifying and placing interim managers and administrators has proved challenging for municipalities during period of vast local government retirements. If your municipality needs help with placement of manager or administrator, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Human Resources Consultants Hartwell Wright or Heather James.
Our HR consultants will work with the governing body to identify the needs of the town and attempt to place interim manager or administrator that fits the community. The interim works directly with the governing body on contract negotiations (such as pay, accommodations and other items) and interim is paid directly by the municipality through payroll. Additionally, if the municipal manager or administrator is retired through the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS), there is special provision that outlines the rules for interim managers and administrators. More information about rules governing the interim managers and administrators, please read Page 6 of the LGERS Member Handbook. Managers retiring from LGERS are responsible for taking a 30-day break before beginning an interim assignment as well.
There is no cost for interim placement service through NCLM and we are pleased to offer this service to our members.
We also assist elected officials and boards with developing a process to find a new town manager or administrator. We will meet with the board in an open work session to identify recruiting and evaluation needs, background checks and other services necessary when selecting an ideal candidate. Additionally, we assist in locating an interim manager until a full-time manager can be hired.