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Negaunee to offer city manager position

February 11, 2011
By JOHANNA BOYLE, Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - Impressed with his interest in the area and his focus on team building, the Negaunee City Council has voted to offer the position of city manager to candidate Jeff Thornton, dependent on the successful negotiation of a contract.

The unanimous action came at the council's regular meeting Thursday, just one day after the interview with Thornton.

The motion to offer the position was made by Councilwoman Diana Menhennick and seconded by Councilman Michael Van Straten.

"I feel that Mr. Thornton has the people skills necessary to bring the city employees together. He's got a lot of economic development experience," Menhennick said.

Menhennick added she was concerned, however, about how much financial background Thornton had. Thornton was the third and final interview conducted by the council.

Other council members agreed that Thornton's emphasis on a team atmosphere was critical to moving the city forward.

"We interviewed three candidates and I felt they were all good, qualified candidates," Councilman Paul Maino said. "He's very familiar with the city of Negaunee... He understands the problems we're facing. I think he's going to be an asset."

"He appears to me to be well-rounded and easy to get along with, personable and the type of person I'd like to have as city manager," Van Straten agreed.

Mayor Michael Haines, Councilman Peter Dompierre and Councilwoman Dawn Schuhknecht will serve as the negotiating committee.

For the full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Mining Journal.



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