The search for Hermiston's new city manager is officially on.

Candidates have until May 4 to apply for the position, which will be vacated by Ed Brookshier at the end of 2014.

During Monday's city council meeting, council sought input from Brookshier about the profile drawn up by the Prothman Company, an executive search firm hired to help the city find a new manager. He said the job description is fairly generic, but that will help draw in a wider range of candidates to choose from.

"It's vanilla, but a good vanilla," he said. "It doesn't have any of the warning bells."

The profile describes the ideal candidate as progressive, forward-thinking, hands-on, responsive and down-to-earth -- a manager who "is not bureaucratic but is approachable and accessible." The job description also asks for someone with experience working with the Hispanic community, a proven track record of sound financial management and the ability to work with regional partners.

The salary range listed in the job description is $110,000 to $140,000 plus "excellent benefits." Brookshier currently makes $110,650. Councilor Manuel Gutierrez said he thought $110,000 was too high of a starting offer, but Brookshier disagreed.

"It's a salary range that can attract some people with pretty high caliber experience," he said.

According to the schedule drawn up by Prothman, the company will spend the first two weeks in May selecting the top 8-15 candidates to interview. A work session is scheduled for May 20 to review semifinalists and choose the finalists, who will be interviewed and introduced to the community June 16 and 17.

Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.

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