Morris City Manager interviews complete, and candidate chosen

The City of Morris has chosen their top choice for the City Manager position. Rebecca (Becca) Schrupp was one of three finalists interviewing for the job on Tuesday, June 6.

The interview process last week consisted of nearly an entire business day’s worth of activities. The day began with a tour of the City of Morris attended by all three finalists, members of the city council, and led by Mayor Kevin Wohlers. Following the tour of the city, candidates rotated between three interview panels. Each interviewed for 45 minutes with city staff at the Morris Library, another 45 minutes with a community member panel in the City Hall conference room, and 60 minutes with the city council in the City Hall Council Chambers. 

Candidates answered a variety of questions in front of the city council that varied in topic. The council wanted to know about the candidate’s management style, experience with union employees, experience with short and long-term budgeting and planning, previous experience with disgruntled residents, as well as how they plan to become involved with the Morris community. The interview in front of the council ended with the interviewees being given the chance to ask their questions to the council, which involved knowing what the council was looking for in a city manager, how our landfill operates, upcoming big projects, how ordinances are enforced, and wanting some more information regarding the ongoing discussion on daycare spots.

After completing the interview process for all candidates, the city council deliberated on their choice rankings and came to the conclusion that Schrupp was their first choice for the job. Those deliberations are public and available to view on the Morris City Government’s YouTube channel, along with recordings of each candidate’s interview with the city council. The candidate chosen was notified late Tuesday afternoon.

Negotiations are pending, and an official contract will be on the agenda for the Morris City Council meeting scheduled for this evening, June 13.