26 to 5: Caro city manager interviews set for Saturday

Ryan Piche, finalist, Caro city manager
Ryan Piche, finalist, Caro city manager

Caro City Council members are set to interview five candidates as they continue to work toward filling the city’s vacant city manager position.

The five candidates are:

  • Jennifer James-Mesloh, MPA assistant professor and program director, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
  • Charles Sundblad, director, Caro Department of Public Works
  • Jim Coleman, director of housing, facilities, and community development, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Dowagiac
  • Charles Watson, retired firefighter at the Gerald R. Ford Airport near Grand Rapids and former council member and mayor, Cedar Springs
  • Ryan Piche, village administrator, village of Botkins, Ohio

There were 26 applicants for the position vacated by Jared Olson, who quit unexpectedly and effective immediately on Oct. 3. City council members narrowed the field to five after reviewing applications Monday.

Caro City Council hired Frank Walsh, a consultant with extensive experience in conducting city manager searches, through a $6,000 contract to find the city’s next manager.

“I’m pleased with the quality of the candidates and look forward to hearing from them on Saturday,” Walsh told The Advertiser. “The Caro City Council has chosen a great group of finalists with a plethora of experience in their chosen careers.” (Read more)

(This story originally appeared in the Nov. 30, 2016 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read online in its entirety here.)

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