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Courtesy of and reprint from The Paris News February 11, 2020
After “a long process” of multiple screenings and interviews, Paris City Council has selected a new city manager, Mayor Steve Clifford announced Monday night.
Grayson Path, of Nebraska City, Nebraska, will be relocating to Paris to accept the position, Clifford said. His start date is yet to be announced.
Path has been the city manager in Nebraska City from June 2015 to present. He previously worked in Kansas for several years. He has a family with two young children, Clifford said.
“We had three excellent candidates; it was a difficult decision. Each one brought his own benefits and advantages,” Clifford said. “We were all very excited about Mr. Path.”
Clifford contacted Path immediately following the meeting Monday to notify him of his offer, he said. A total rewards package includes a base salary of the mid to high $100,000 range, plus customary fringe benefits including health and life insurance, a retirement program, vehicle allowance and relocation assistance.
Path was one of three final all-male candidates for the position, after City Council narrowed its search to a final four and one candidate withdrew. The city received 30 applications total, officials said previously. Search firm Baker Tilly weeded out 16 of those applications as “not the best qualified” based on the criteria given by City Council. The remaining 14 faced further review, interim city manager Gene Anderson said.
Anderson was appointed interim manager upon the Aug. 19, 2019, resignation of former city manager John Godwin, who came under fire for his management style. The council selected Baker Tilly to manage the search on Sept. 30 after several firms gave earlier presentations.