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Polson commission selects city manager

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POLSON – After a months-long search, the city commission has chosen a candidate to head the city. The commission decided to offer the negotiated contract at a special meeting on July 28.

Ed Meece, currently the parking program manager for the city of Bozeman, was the candidate chosen after four commissioners voted to offer him a negotiated contract. Three commissioners voted against offering him the contract. 

Meece is from Livingston, Montana, where he worked as city manager for nine years before moving on to his current position in Bozeman. He has degrees in public administration and political science. 

Meece was selected after an interview process that was open to the public. Brian Bender, of Deer Lodge, was the other finalist for the position. 

The city has been operating without an official city manager since October of 2018. Wade Nash, police chief for the city, has been acting as interim city manager since the former city manager, Mark Shrives, declined to renew his contract. 

The Mercer Group, Inc. is the independent firm hired to conduct the search for the new city manager.

At the Aug. 3 meeting, City Planner Kyle Roberts said the city attorney was still negotiating the contract with Meece. Commissioner Carolyn Pardini said she wanted to make sure there was a plan for evaluating the selected city manager’s performance in place before he started his position. 

“There should be an evaluation tool defined ahead of time so that everyone knows what they’re getting into,” Pardini said. 


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