To help fill a top post in its municipal government, the Orange City Council is turning  to an executive-search firm. 

Orange City is in need of a new and permanent city clerk. The City Council has tapped Slavin Management Consultants to handle the search, which may take months to complete. For its services, Slavin will be paid $24,621.75. The bid by Slavin Management Consultants, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, was the lowest among bids submitted by the three search firms that competed for the contract. 

Slavin will seek to recruit candidates for the position. After reviewing the applications and screening prospects, the firm will recommend two or more individuals for the council to interview. The City Council will make the final hiring decision.  

The city clerk is the chief custodian of the city’s public records and keeps detailed records of the meetings and actions of the City Council and various appointed boards, including the Planning Commission. The clerk also has a role in the city’s elections, including making certain that candidates for mayor or the council qualify to run for the offices. 

The previous clerk, Melani Beringer, resigned abruptly in February, following reports she had failed to properly advertise matters requiring public notice. Since Beringer left, Orange City Finance Director Christine Davis has served as acting clerk, pending the selection of a permanent replacement.


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