Duluth has posted the opening for city manager, officially beginning the search for a replacement for the recently dismissed Tim Shearer.
The posting on the city website lists a salary range of $112,000-130,000 annually and stipulates that the job "manages and directs the daily operations of the City government in accordance with local ordinances and laws and with policies prescribed by the Mayor and Council."
Mayor Nancy Harris said at Monday's City Council meeting that there would be a nationwide search and that April 2014 is a target date for having the new person in place. The posting closes on Nov. 18.
Shearer's contract was terminated by a unanimous vote of council members on Oct. 4, with about seven months remaining. No official reason was given at the time. Shearer had been on the job in Duluth for about two years.
Harris also made a brief speech during Monday's council meeting about the dismissal and some reaction that followed.
"Transparency in government is a hot topic these days, but there are some times when transparency is not appropriate, and that is what executive session is for," Harris said.
"There was no government corruption taking place" when the council decided to terminate Shearer's contract, Harris said. "It was a matter of getting the right leadership in the right place. It takes the entire staff of Duluth to keep our vision alive."