IR makes city manager choice

IRON RIVER—The Iron River City Council made its choice for next city manager at a special meeting Sept. 22.
    The council chose David Thayer of Garden over two other finalists. The vote was unanimous, with Mayor Terry Tarsi and Councilmen Dan Baumgartner, Rick Commenator, Jere Fritsche and Ed Marcell all voting affirmatively.
    Thayer was contacted Sept. 23 and has accepted the position, contingent on his passing a post-employment physical, drug test, criminal background test and credit check, according to interim City Manager Rachel Andreski.
    The other two candidates who received interviews were Thomas Raymond of Marine City and Valerie Clarizio of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. There were 15 applicants for the job at the beginning of the process.
    “I was glad we got so many applicants,” Tarsi said after the meeting. “Five were local applicants, and sorry that the experience wasn’t there. But with the situation we’re in now we had to go with experience, and two of the three (interviewees) were previously city managers.”
    According to his resume posted on the Michigan Municipal League website, Thayer was the city manager of Grayling from 2006 to 2010 and was village manager in Lexington from 2002 to 2006. Since 2010, Thayer has been the president/consultant and chief executive officer of D.A. Thayer Enterprises, which “assists local governments, nonprofits and small businesses with all aspects of achieving their goals and objectives.”
    During the selection process, each commissioner rated the applicants on a points-based system, from 1 to 5 (1 being the best score). The first round winnowed down the list from 15 to three, and those three were granted interviews.
    In the final round

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