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During Saturday’s Special Session of the Big Spring City Council, Anthony Michelic, with the PACE Group, spoke to Council members about their Executive Search Services for a City Manager. 


PACE Group was the executive search firm recently used by the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation to find current Executive Director Mark Willis. During the presentation, Michelic advised that they charge one-third of the first year of the base salary that would be paid to the new City Manager plus expenses. With their service, the PACE Group returns in one year to conduct a performance evaluation and also offers a two-year guarantee. This means that if the candidate found quits or gets fired within 2 years, PACE Group returns to conduct another search free of charge. 


After meeting in Executive Session, council members voted to appoint Public Works Director Shane Bowles as the Interim City Manager with a vote of 6-0. 


When asked what his thoughts were about becoming Interim City Manager, Bowles  told KBest News that he was surprised that he was nominated for the position.


“They’re just looking for someone to hold down the fort, get us through these times until we can find a City Manager that we can hire full-time that’s had more experience and had the opportunity to work for other cities and bring something new to Big Spring,” said Bowles.


According to Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, Bowles is someone who will bring a sense of stability to the staff and someone who has a really good handle on some of the critical areas of the city, such as streets, water, sewer, and sanitation.

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