Commission offers job to city manager candidate

By: 
Liz Kearney

Livingston might have a new city manager soon. 

SIDNEY MITCHELL

City officials made an offer last week to city manager candidate Sidney Mitchell. 

Mitchell, along with two other candidates, was interviewed via videoconferencing in April. He was the only candidate invited for an in-person interview. Mitchell was in town the week of May 18 and met with city officials and staff, and attended an interview with the City Commission that was open to the public. 

The city offered Mitchell a base salary of $90,000 per year, with an option for an increase up to $105,000 base after his first evaluation after six months, Interim City Manager Lisa Lowy said Friday. 

The position also includes a $300-per-month car allowance, which was standard in previous city manager contracts, according to Lowy. 

The contract would also include a six-month severance package “in the event of termination,” Lowy said. 

The offer to Mitchell is contingent on a satisfactory outcome to a standard background check. 

Mitchell’s previous experience includes working in procurement for the U.S. Marine Corps, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He then returned to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he had been raised, and worked in economic development. 

About four years ago, he was recruited by the Marine Corps Community Services San Diego branch as a deputy director of the organization, which provides a wide range of services, Mitchell said during his public interview on May 18. 

According to the MCCS website, MCCS provides services to Marines, their families, veterans and civilian staff that include employment, education and transition assistance, fitness and recreation, deployment support, child care and youth activities, prevention, counseling and victim support; and recreational opportunities, including golf courses, dining and entertainment and shopping. 

Mitchell said he oversaw 16 division managers on the San Diego base and managed a large budget. 

He was interested in moving back to the Mountain West to a position where he could have more direct contact with the community he served, Mitchell said.

During his Marine Corps career, Mitchell worked as a recruiter and made frequent trips to Montana, including Livingston. He said he was impressed with the level of engagement he observed in the people with whom he met. 

“People are motivated,” Mitchell said at his May 18 interview. “People want the community to succeed, and that’s exciting.” 

Lowy said she expected Mitchell to make a decision relatively quickly.

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Liz Kearney may be reached at lkearney@livent.net.