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Kapszukiewicz administration looks to search firm for hiring help

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s administration wants to enlist the help of a search firm to find job candidates for three top positions in the city.

City council at its meeting Tuesday will consider authorizing a contract with Toledo-based Waverly Partners, LLC, to recruit the city’s next directors of finance, economic and business development, and information and communication technology. The firm’s services would cost no more than $75,000.

Council member Tom Waniewski at Tuesday’s agenda-review meeting questioned the need for outside recruiting help.

“It would seem to me the task of HR is to do this stuff,” he said.

Mike Niedzielski, the city’s acting human resources director, said the city doesn’t have enough staff to conduct the kind of extensive search the administration wants to fill the three vacancies. 

“To do this right we would need certainly more staff in my office,” he said. “And, quite honestly, once this process is over, then what do we do?”

He added the city listed the job postings on various websites but were unable to attract the “exceptional” candidates the administration wants.

The mayor last week announced Katy Crosby, former executive director of Dayton's Human Relations Council, will be his new chief of staff. It’s a key hire, and one made without a search firm, Mr. Waniewski pointed out.

Councilman Yvonne Harper said she has received calls from citizens wondering why the administration is hiring staff from outside Toledo.

Mr. Niedzielski said the search firm won’t discount any candidates from Toledo but wants to cast a wide net.

“We may not necessarily go outside the city, but we don’t want to confine ourselves to just here,” he said.

Councilman Larry Sykes said $75,000 is a good price for the firm’s services. He also was pleased Waverly Partners would provide a new search free of charge should any of the new hires leave within one year.

In order to authorize the contract with Waverly Partners, city council will have to waive the competitive-bidding process, which is the administration’s request.

“We’re just trying to fill these important roles as quickly as possible,” said Dale Emch, the city’s law director.

Contact Sarah Elms at selms@theblade.com419-724-6103, or on Twitter @BySarahElms.

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