Public meeting set to discuss hiring Coleman as city manager
City council could vote as early as next week on whether to extend an offer to Tom Coleman to be Newark’s next city manager.
Coleman has been serving in the role on an interim basis since May 2017.
At 7 p.m. on Monday, the city will host a public meeting at city hall so residents can hear Coleman answer scripted questions from a representative of the consulting firm GovHR. Attendees will be able to observe but will not be permitted to ask or submit questions.
After the meeting, Coleman will participate in an informal meet-and-greet with residents. Earlier in the day, Coleman will have a “structured interview” with the department heads he has supervised for the past 18 months.
Newarkers will have approximately 16 hours to submit feedback for council consideration. Comments must be submitted by noon Tuesday.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, council will meet behind closed doors to discuss the next steps and could return to a public session to vote.
Initially, Coleman was not interested in taking on the role long-term. However, he said, he had a change of heart and renewed conversations with council after two finalists for the job were rejected in July.
“It’s been enjoyable doing it,” Coleman said earlier this month. “I’ve liked it, and we’ve gotten a lot done. You gain confidence the more you do it.”
Council voted Nov. 12 to reopen the city manager search for Coleman only but decided he should go through the same hiring process the unsuccessful finalists went through.
The $22,000 contract the city signed with GovHR last year is still in effect, but the city will have to pay additional travel expenses for the Illinois-based consultant to come help interview Coleman, who has worked for the city since 2011. Those expenses have not yet been calculated, a city spokeswoman said.