The city of Maplewood is seeking a new city manager. The current city manager, Marty Corcoran, announced his retirement in January. If a proposed merger between St. Louis County and St. Louis City goes through that position would be impacted, Corcoran said.
Mayor Barry Greenberg said it’s hard to determine if the possibility of Better Together (a name used for the merger) has impacted the quantity and quality of applicants for the city manager position since the application process isn’t concluded — the deadline is March 22.
“Logic tells me that, if an applicant is aware that his or her position would be eliminated or significantly reduced by statewide approval of Better Together, we would not receive as many resumes and that those resumes might be less qualified. It appears that other communities are currently experiencing this issue,” Greenberg said in an email.
“There is also a residency requirement for the position and not only would the candidate be counting on full time employment at a certain compensation level, but they would have to make the commitment of relocating to Maplewood, if they don’t already live here,” he said.
“I doubt that there are many qualified candidates that would want to make that kind of investment and take a chance on a position that might not be permanent,” Greenberg said.