Miramar will hire search firms to find new city manager



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.

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