INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The Incline Village General Improvement District has a tentative goal of May to hire a replacement for current General Manager Bill Horn.
Meeting again before a standing room-only audience of roughly 60 residents and staff, the IVGID board voted 4-1 last Wednesday to adopt a timeline that includes posting an official job announcement next week and waiting until late March before determining if spending money on a national search firm is warranted.
"The feeling is we have several people in this community who would fit this job description," said Board Chairman Bruce Simonian, who, along with trustee Jim Smith, has been working with staff since Jan. 9 on developing a job description and hiring parameters to replace Horn, who retires Dec. 31, 2013. "I think we're going to find some very capable people right here in this small area."
According to the timeline, a final job description would be ready for board adoption at its meeting next week. From there, the finalized description/job announcement would be posted by Feb. 14 in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and a variety of job search websites, with an expiration of March 15.
By the board's March 25 meeting, trustees would determine to move forward with the first round of candidates. If it does, various interviews and screenings would conclude with the board making a final recommendation for a new GM sometime in May.
If none of the initial candidates are deemed sufficient, the board will then vote on whether to hire a search firm at its April 10 meeting.
Board Vice-Chair Joe Wolfe was the lone trustee to vote last week against the timeline. In a follow-up interview Wednesday, he said he wants to revisit putting out a bid for a headhunting firm sooner because he feels it will bring forth candidates that a regional search won't reach.
"... I think a search firm has better contacts, and we're in an industry where we need to have a lot of exposure out there," Wolfe said. "I'm not saying a local candidate might not be the right candidate, but I feel if we don't (hire a search firm), and we don't go quickly, then we're behind he 8 ball."
The current 2012-13 budget does not include funds for a search firm. According to previous reports, a headhunting firm typically makes a commission if one of its candidates gets the job.
Horn - who has held the position of IVGID GM since 2002 - has made upward of $150,000 annually over the past several years, a figure that doesn't include a potential $25,000 yearly bonus.
Simonian said he would be hesitant to potentially spend thousands of dollars up front on a search firm when a regional job posting could do the same work for roughly no cost.
"I'm not opposed to hiring an executive search firm, but I also feel we need to give people the home-field advantage first," added trustee Jim Hammerel.
During public comment, resident Gene Brockman, a former trustee, criticized the board, saying it shouldn't vote to finalize a schedule before having a final job description prepared.
"What it appears you're doing is making decisions on how you're going to do it before you know what it is you're doing ... you need to aim before you start firing," Brockman said.
In a follow-up interview Wednesday, Simonian said the board has received "a lot of constructive criticism" on the draft description published last week, and a final version should be ready for next week's meeting.
He added that the board may work on pre-qualifying an executive search firm, allowing the board, if needed, to "make an educated decision very quickly."
While pay for the position has not been determined, the job posting is expected to include salary and benefits information. Other costs, including travel expenses to bring candidates to the area, have not been determined.
According to the timeline, a group of IVGID senior staff and four community leaders - as chosen by Smith and Simonian - would be asked to listen to all candidate interviews conducted by the board and may be asked to conduct District tours.
Initial community suggestions are Claudia Andersen, CEO of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation; Mike Brown, chief of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District; Lynn Gillette, president of Sierra Nevada College; and Fred Findlen, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.