By 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware has embarked on a journey to select its new City Manager, following the announcement of Tom Homan’s retirement after a 25-year tenure. Scheduled to retire in July 2024, Homan’s departure marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in Delaware’s administrative leadership. To ensure the selection process is both inclusive and reflective of the community’s aspirations, city officials have initiated a call to action for residents to voice their perspectives through a specially designed survey.

Community Voices in Leadership Selection

Recognizing the critical role of the City Manager in shaping the municipality’s future, Delaware City Council has partnered with Slavin Management Consultants (SMC), a renowned executive search firm, to lead the recruitment drive. With a track record of over 900 successful local government executive placements, SMC’s expertise is set to guide Delaware through this transitional phase.

Before delving into the recruitment process, the council seeks to integrate community feedback into the creation of a comprehensive position profile. This profile will serve as the cornerstone in identifying candidates who are not only highly qualified but also align with Delaware’s unique community values and needs. Residents are thus encouraged to contribute by participating in a brief survey, available through February 25, which poses four critical questions aimed at uncovering the pressing issues and priorities that the next City Manager will need to address.

Participate in the Survey: Your Opinion Matters

The survey, hosted on SurveyMonkey, is an accessible platform for Delaware’s citizens to express their views on what they believe are the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the city. From growth and development to housing affordability and the enhancement of public services and community amenities, the council is calling for a robust participation that will illuminate the path forward. This collective insight will enable SMC to tailor the recruitment process, ensuring the next City Manager is well-equipped to lead Delaware in tackling its unique challenges and seizing opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Click here to take the survey and contribute to Delaware’s future

A Sample Question

To give readers an idea of the nature of the survey, here is the first question which is included:

Please list the top five (5) important or pressing issues facing Delaware that the next City Manager needs to address (e.g., growth, development, housing, costs, and types of public services, community amenities, etc.)

Engage, Reflect, and Shape Your Community’s Future

In embracing this collaborative approach, Delaware reinforces its commitment to a future that is built on the foundations of community engagement, transparency, and shared aspirations. As the search for a new City Manager unfolds, the heart of Ohio looks forward to a new era of leadership, guided by the voices of its residents and the legacy of those who have paved the way.

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