Shawnee hires Minnesota-based search firm in quest for new city manager

The city of Shawnee is a step closer to having a new permanent city manager.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to choose executive recruitment firm Springsted Waters to conduct the search for a replacement for former City Manager Carol Gonzales.

Gonzalez stepped down last fall to join the staff of the Mid-America Regional Council. City council members appointed Vicki Charlesworth as interim city manager in November. Springsted, which is based in St. Paul, Minn., was one of 11 firms that answered the city’s request for proposals. While Mayor Michelle Distler must still negotiate a final agreement, the firm has said the process will cost $24,500.

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