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City Manager Search


City Manager Search

(updated 1/31/2019)

The Mayor and City Council seek to recruit a new City Manager for the City of Clawson. This individual must have the skills and experience to guide Clawson with an appropriate  combination of passion for public service, financial acumen, empowering leadership, and operational skills.  Check out the ad for the City Manager Job at the following link.

To Apply:

  • Please send resume and cover letter to:
  • Applications are requested by March 1, 2019
  • Candidates seeking confidentiality under Michigan law should clearly state their intentions

City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to discuss the City Manager Search and Job Posting with Amy Cell LLC.  The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. at Clawson City Hall 425 N. Main Street Clawson, MI 48017

At the Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 meeting, the Council approved the selection of Amy Cell LLC to provide the Executive Manager Search.  Click on the following link to review their proposal and timeline. For more information contact City Clerk Michael Smith at 248.435.4500 ext. 118 or


Executive Search Firm
City Manager Candidate Search

The City of Clawson, located in Oakland County, Michigan is seeking proposals from qualified firms to perform executive search services in regard to the selection and recruitment of a qualified individual for the position of City Manager.

A. Scope of Work – the scope of services will require the successful firm to fully participate in all aspects of the recruitment which may include all or some of the following: preparation of recruitment materials, development and application of screening criteria, pre-screening of candidates, facilitation of committee review of candidates, management of the interview process, detailed background and reference checks for the finalists or finalist, and assistance in negotiations and contracting with the preferred candidate. The firm will work with the City Clerk’s Department to carry out the process.

B. Preparation and Submittal Instructions – Official submittal of the proposal shall consist of one original proposal clearly marked “Original” and four (4) paper copies of the proposal enclosed in a sealed envelope and sent to City of Clawson, Clerk’s Office, 425 N. Main Street, Clawson, MI 48017The deadline for receipt of the proposal is December 27th at 10:00 a.m. The envelope shall show the notation “Executive Search Firm - City Manager Candidate Search” in the lower right hand corner. Only sealed proposals will be accepted.  Faxed proposals will be rejected

C. Statement of Qualifications – the City is seeking to contract with a competent and experienced recruiting firm.

1. Firm Overview
     Each statement of qualifications submittal must include:

A. Brief profile of the firm, and the qualifications and resumes of the professionals who will work directly on this recruitment.
B. Description of the firm’s approach to executive recruitment
C. A list and descriptions of any lawsuits filed against the firm during the preceding three years and any litigation currently pending or threatened in conjunction with the type of services described herein.

2. Qualifications and experience

A. Description of the firm’s executive search experience in Michigan and nationally with respect to local government executive level recruitment

3. Project Proposal

A. Outline of the process and methodology to be utilized.
B. Potential timeline with milestones.

4. Details regarding recruitment guarantee agreement.

D. Evaluation Criteria – The proposals received will be evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria:

  • 25%: A statement of qualifications, history and experience of the firm to include identification of all key personnel who will be assigned to the project and the specific role of each individual.
  • 25%: An explanation of the firm’s objectives and approach to the candidate search including an outline of the process and methodology to be utilized, along with a timeline by which the processes will occur.
  • 25%: A list of client references, specifically from executive searches for the position of City Administrator or City Manager.
  • 25%: The cost of associated fees and expenses for the project, including but not limited to rates and estimated hours.
The City Clerk’s Office will review the proposals and will provide a recommendation to the Clawson City Council which will have final authority to award the contract to the most qualified firm at the January 2, 2019 Council Meeting.

Those interested should contact City Clerk Michael D. Smith by December 27, 2018 by phone at 248.435.4500 ext. 118 or via email at

Michael D. Smith
City Clerk | City of Clawson

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