EDMORE — The village of Edmore has a new manager, pending contract approval.
The Edmore Village Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to hire Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland.
Rankin is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Services Group in Midland. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from WMU in 2000.
Rankin was previously employed as operations manager for The Dow Event Center in Saginaw from 2006 to 2008 and as program and weekend manager/interim director of the Isabella County Events Arena in Mount Pleasant from 2003 to 2006.
Rankin, who attended Monday’s meeting, will review the contract the village council has offered him before officially accepting the job. The contract offers a $45,000 annual salary for 32 hours per week, including 80 hours of vacation time. The contract does not include health insurance.
Councilman Chuck Burr, who sat on the committee that reviewed candidates for the job, said the village advertised the job at 20 hours per week, but decided to make a change after deciding to recommend Rankin be hired.
“We decided to go to 32 hours to give him more time, being new in the area and everything,” Burr said.
Councilman Art Schuitema had some questions for the interview committee, which was comprised of councilmembers Burr, Bonnie Ashbaugh and Karen Deja.
“I wonder if anyone has consulted the finance director about what we can afford,” Schuitema asked.
“I’m sure these guys have done their homework,” answered Village President Chet Guild.
The two other finalists for the position of Edmore village manager were Aaron Desentz of Pinckney, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant, and Richard Lock of North Carolina, who was fired from his last job as town administration after one month on the job in 2007.