HOWARD CITY — The Howard City Village Council unanimously voted to call off an ongoing village manager search in favor of hiring newly elected Village President Randy Heckman as interim village manager.
Heckman has already been working as interim manager since he was elected village president in November’s general election. Longtime village president S. Michael Scott, who also worked as village manager during his tenure, decided not to run for re-election.
Heckman is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department, as well as the owner of two local businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman & Son Lawncare and Snowplowing.
The village council previously interviewed three candidates for the job — Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor; Daniel Faulkner, an operations and maintenance specialist for the village of Lawrence; and Andrew Wishka, a project coordinator for TrueNorth Community Services in Fremont.
The village council wasn’t happy with the three candidates and voted in November to contact three more candidates for interviews — former Evart city manager Roger Elkins; Bill Mathews of Florida; and former Edmore village manager Neil Rankin.
However, the village council on Monday night decided to halt the entire process and stay with Heckman as interim village manager for the foreseeable future.