Bemidji City Council to hire a firm for city manager hire, discussion on code of conduct to come next month

The Bemidji City Council unanimously approved hiring a firm to seek candidates for their new city manager.

Initial interviews through a firm can be held privately versus a suggested committee including city staff, community members and elected officials.

With elected officials conducting official business, meetings such as initial interviews with candidates would be subject to open meeting laws.

Council member Emelie Rivera, with a second from Lynn Eaton, added an agenda item about a council code of conduct. A work session for creating this code of conduct is scheduled for next month.

Mayor Jorge Prince inquired about a facilitator to lead the meeting.

The code of conduct was recommended by the Charter Commission earlier this year, with the expectation that it would be complete in six months.

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