The mayor and city council will be involved every step of the way, according to a statement from Novak.
The total fee to complete the search is just under $23,000, plus fees for advertising, background checks and travel expenses for the finalists.
The ad for Moraine city manager on Novak's website seeks someone "who wants to be a part of the community and ensure the city's continued growth in both the business and residential sectors." Minimum requirements for the position are a bachelor's degree and at least five years of "progressively responsible experience in local government."
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Preferred, but not required, qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or a closely related field and residency within Moraine.
Expected pay is $120,000 to $150,000, depending on experience and qualifications.
Hickshas been city manager since 2001. He previously had been with the city as acting city manager, police chief, detective and police officer in career that began in the mid-1970s.