The Mercer Group has been retained by Milton to help the city recruit a new public works director. CITY OF MILTON

Milton retains consultant to seek new public works director

The Milton City Council has approved retaining The Mercer Group to help the city find a new director of public works, paying a base fee of $17,500 and reimbursing the consultant up to $3,900 for direct expenses of the search.

According to Mercer’s scope of services proposal, the consultant’s responsibilities will including seeking candidates, reviewing resumes, screening prospects, doing background checks and arranging for interviews with the city; and assisting, if requested, in negotiations of salary, benefits and other conditions of employment.

Mercer’s goal is to have a new public works director selected within 85 days after the notice to proceed. If a candidate placed with the city leaves for any reason, including termination, within 18 months of hiring, Mercer will conduct another candidate search and charge the city only its out-of-pocket expenses.

Sara Leaders has been serving as interim public works director for Milton since the departure of Carter Lucas in February, according to a city website.

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