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Sunnyside inks deal for city manager search

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday inked a deal with Prothman to help the city in its search for a new city manager.

The Sunnyside City Council fired former Sunnyside City Manager Eric Swansen last June and Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges has been filling in as an interim ever since.

Greg Prothman, of Prothman, told the city council the search would take approximately 90 days, plus an additional month for professional notice.

Prothman said he would begin by creating a position profile listing everything pertinent to the job in Sunnyside. Prothman said he would speak with senior city employees and community members to come up with a profile that describes Sunnyside, the surrounding areas, quality of life and compensation, as well as any challenges the new city manager might face.

Prothman said he expects up to 40 applicants that he would narrow down to approximately 15. Those names would then be sent to city council.

The city agreed to pay a flat professional fee of $20,000. This comes with a guarantee that if the applicant chosen doesn't work out and is terminated within a year, Prothman would begin a new search for a city manager without charge.

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