After its top pick for a city administrator withdrew his application, the Riverside City Council is considering hiring a consultant to conduct the search.

The one hang-up, according to the mayor and several council members, is that the proposed timeline is longer than they want.

“We are kind of back at a starting point,” Mayor Allen Schneider said.

After talking with other cities who recently hired an administrator, Schneider contacted Brent Hinson at Hinson Consulting about using the firm’s services to find top candidates for the position.

In a proposal to the council, Hinson laid out a timeline with a new city administrator starting work on July 11. That was longer than some wanted to take for a search.

“The goal would be to get someone in place as soon as we could,” Schneider said.

The timeline and other questions the council has will be posed to Hinson at a March 13 council work session. The council could vote on hiring the firm at its March 18 meeting.

The consultant proposed a flat $11,000 fee for his firm’s services.

Councilperson Bob Schneider said that fee is in line for headhunter services he has seen in his job.

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