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May 13, 2014

SGR to lead PA city manager search

PORT ARTHUR — From a field of four firms applying for the job of helping Port Arthur hire a new city manager, Strategic Government Resources was selected to lead the search.

City Council unanimously approved the selection Tuesday after hearing proposals from the four firms in April. In addition to SGR those firms include, Waters Executive Recruitment, Slavin Management Consultants, and CPS Executive Search.

A fourth company, The Mercer Group, had also expressed interest in the job, but was not required to go through the presentation process because the city was familiar with the company’s work. Mercer was hired two years ago to find city manager candidates after Steve Fitzgibbons severed ties with the city in August 2011.

Through The Mercer Group, Floyd Johnson was hired. Johnson and the city parted ways in February after City County became disenchanted with his job performance.

“We are quite comfortable after listening to presentations by all the companies that SGR is well qualified and has the experience to bring the city a slate of good candidates for city manager,” Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, said.

SGR will be paid $26,000 to recruit and evaluate candidates for the Port Arthur city manager position.

Prince said a worthy city manager applicant would have experience working for a city the size of Port Arthur, be well versed with the issues facing the city, and willing to grow with the city.

Based in Keller, about 20 miles north of Ft. Worth, SGR was established in 1999 by former city manager Ron Holifield.

Holifield previously served as city manager in Garland, DeSoto, Farmersville and Sundown, and was on the city manager’s staff in Lubbock.

According to the company’s Web site, SGR is the largest private sector training company that specializes in leadership, management and customer service for local governments in the nation.

SGR has worked with other Texas cities to find city managers including San Marcos, League City, College Station and Pearland, Albert Thigpen, Port Arthur’s director of Human Resources, said.

“SGR is well known and is an extremely strong and highly pro-active firm,” Thigpen said.

The company is expected to start to work immediately, Thigpen said.

“The next step is for SGR to meet with City Council to determine a city manager profile,” Thigpen said.

City Council hopes to have a new manager hired by July or August.

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