Miramar City Commissioners decided Wednesday that the best way to find their new city manager would be to put the task in the hands of a search firm.
Four firms will be invited to attend a special meeting May 8 in which they will present their proposals. The commission said it intends to decide which firm the city will hire by May 15.
Fees typically associated with searches are $30,000.
Interim City Manager Wazir A. Ishmael said he does not want to be considered for the job.
Commissioners are pushing for a timely selection of a new city manager that will not exceed more than a few months.
The city is in need of a new top official after the abrupt resignation last month by longtime City Manager Robert Payton, who collected a hefty $2.4 million in deferred pension and retirement benefits on top of an annual pension of $110,593 when he departed.