The city of Beaufort is looking for a senior projects manager to manage development projects and ease the transition between outgoing and incoming city managers, according to city officials.
City manager Scott Dadson, who has announced his departure, said the city needs someone to keep multi-million dollar capital projects on track after he's gone.
"The Capital Improvement Plan is what it is and the projects are getting larger, and City Council wants someone who can specialize in and focus on that," he said.
Dadson's imminent departure has likely hastened the schedule for creating and filling that position, he said.
In August, Dadson and City Council agreed to part ways after eight years of working together. He will depart by Jan. 31.
A search for a new city manager will likely begin after the projects manager is hired, Mayor Billy Keyserling said.
"We've got a lot in the queue, maybe more than Beaufort has ever had in the queue at any one point," Keyserling said. "... The bottom line is, we need additional help."
The projects manager job opened Sept. 8, and the application period will likely close at the end of the month, human resources director Bill Prokop said.
The position would be temporary -- for 18 to 36 months, or until projects are finished. He estimated the starting salary would be between $65,000 and $100,000 a year.
Salary would depend on experience, the marketplace and whether the employee would be a contractor with no benefits or an employee, he said. Half the money would come from the project budget for the Boundary Street renovation, 35 percent from the city's Redevelopment Commission budget and 15 percent from the city's general fund.
More than 25 applications have been submitted so far, Prokop said, with about 10 to 15 percent of them from local residents. An advertisement for the job is posted at www.cityofbeaufort.org. It has been advertised locally, in Savannah and with state municipal and national engineering, public works and other associations.
The city seeks someone with at least eight years of management experience and a master's degree in business, public administration or an engineering field.
Criminal background, driving record and references checks will be conducted, along a drug-and-alcohol screening.
Keyserling added that the project manager's support of the Redevelopment Commission is crucial. City officials have discussed hiring a staff person to support the volunteer board.
"We want to have a staff person who wakes up and goes to sleep at night thinking about the Redevelopment Commission's needs and projects," he said.
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