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Two more companies express interest in search for new Bainbridge Island city manager

Two additional companies have offered to assist the city of Bainbridge Island in its search for a new city manager.

City officials received proposals for the job this week from Strategic Government Resources of Keller, Texas, and the Mercer Group, Inc. of Atlanta, Ga.

With the added interest in the job, the city now has proposals from five companies that want to lead the search for the city's top executive.

Strategic Government Resources has conducted city manager searches for a large swath of Texas cities, and the company's client list also includes cities in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The firm also assisted the city of Richland, Wash. in finding a new police chief.

Strategic Government Resources has said its search fee would total $7,500, with expenses up to $6,500.

The Mercer Group has conducted more than 260 recruitment and selection efforts for city managers and administrators across the country.

The firm has been involved with searches for city managers in 2010 in Bangor, Maine; Birmingham, Mich.; Bloomfield, N.M.; and last year, in Goldsboro, N.C.; Littleton, Colo.; and Winchester, Va.

The Mercer Group has offered to do the search for $19,500, with expenses not to exceed $8,000.

Three other headhunter firms — also all from outside Washington — earlier submitted proposals to the city to conduct the search for a new city manager.

The companies are Affion Public, Harrisburg, Pa.; the Waters Consulting Group, Inc., Dallas, Texas; and Neher & Associates, West Sacramento, Calif.

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