By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
Just over three weeks after East Jordan City Administrator Robert Anderson announced his resignation, a public hearing has been scheduled to garner input on what people want in their next city administrator.
The meeting will be open to the public and is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday March 29 at the East Jordan Civic Center in the gymnasium.
“I talked with the mayor and the vice-mayor and I think it was time I moved on,” Anderson said in a Monday March 26 telephone interview. “I’m probably going to head back down south, but I’m wishing the best for East Jordan. It’s been an interesting two years.”
Anderson is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but came to East Jordan in summer 2010 from Marion City, S.C.
Anderson said the process to find a new administrator could take a couple months.
“Bob’s going to stay on as interim city administrator until we find a replacement,” said East Jordan City Commissioner Tony Cutler. “
According to Cutler, the public will have an opportunity to voice their thoughts on what they would like to see in a new city administrator.
“I’m looking for somebody who has management experience, a good financial background and a good link to Lansing,” Cutler said. “We’ll take public input from Thursday’s session and combine it with input from the commissioners and build a profile that we can then use to find applicants for the position.”
Cutler said the city’s treasurer is doing an outstanding job, and hiring a city manager with a strong understanding of finance and knowledge of Lansing will help the city apply for state grants.
Cutler said he was given no indication on why Anderson was leaving.
“I worked very well with him. I was in and out of his office quite often talking about different issues and I had no complaints,” Cutler said. “I wish him luck in the future with whatever path he chooses.”
East Jordan Mayor Russ Peck did not return phone calls by press time.