Citizens of Albion will have the opportunity to meet the latest City Manager candidates before their initial interviews this weekend.

The Albion City Council met August 1st to look over the 20 candidates that had applied to take on the leadership role. The Michigan Municipal League was hired to assist in the search. Following the special meeting, the Council approved the interview process with five candidates with a special meet-and-greet and interview weekend. One of the candidates, Brent Michalek, pulled his name from the running. He was the former Planning Director for Sauk County, Wisconsin.

On Friday, August 15th, residents will have their chance meet with the four candidates that will be a part of the interviews scheduled for Saturday, August 16th. The candidates are --

  • James Halasz - Former County Administrator Manager in Virginia looking to return to the area following Village Manager roles in Paw Paw and Milford.
  • Darwin McClary - President and CEO of MunciPro LLC, an independent municipal consulting service, and former City/Village Manager nine South Central and Eastern Michigan cities.
  • Haley Snyder - Current Interim Assistant City Manager of Albion. Hired as City Clerk and Treasurer in June 2018.
  • Stefen Wynn - Current Town Manager of Albion, Indiana, for over three years and Treasurer of the Noble Economic Development Corporation.

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The meet-and-greet will take place at the Ludington Center on Superior Street at 5:30pm on Friday. Comment and question cards will be available for the public during the free event.

The candidates will meet with the City Council on Saturday at City Hall at 8:30am. This open session meeting will involve the individual candidates being interviewed throughout the morning. The Council will then confer with the facilitator from the Michigan Municipal League to begin proceeding with negotiation with one of the candidates. This portion may also be delayed to a special meeting at 6pm Monday, August 19th before the Council's regularly scheduled meeting at 7pm.

The current Interim City Manager role is being held by Public Safety Chief Scott Kipp, holding the role for the second time in as many years. It comes after former City Manager LaTonya Rufus resigned in March amid an embezzlement investigation just five months on the job.