The City of Saline has set wheels in motion to find a city attorney.
At Monday’s meeting, City Manager Todd Campbell outlined a timetable for identifying and hiring a city attorney.
Allan Grossman has been city attorney for 52 years. In the recent budget, city council retained Grossman’s services for six months. The timetable presented by Campbell would have an attorney in place by Jan. 1.
The process will resemble the one used to find a new police chief this year, Campbell said.
A search team composed of Campbell, Clerk Dianne Hill, Treasurer Mickie Jo Bennett, Assessor Catherine Scull, Police Chief Larry Hrinik, DPW Director Jeff Fordice and City Council member Dean Girbach met Aug. 2 to draft a request for proposals and a timeline for the process. According to the timeline, advertising has already begun. Proposals are due to the Clerk by 3 p.m. Sept. 24. On Oct. 10, the search team will review the proposals and determine the top 3 to 5 finalists. The top finalists will present to city council at a special meeting in Nov. 17 and council would appoint an attorney Nov. 19.
Mayor Gretchen Driskell commended Grossman for his service to the city.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have Allan serve the community for a very long time. This is going to be a tough transition,” Driskell said.
After the meeting, Grossman said he no intention of retiring from the practice of law. Grossman owns a practice at 108 S. Ann Arbor St.