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Bay City Commission hires next manager in unannounced vote

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A local city may soon have a new leader.

Following an unannounced vote, the Bay City Commission has elected its next city manager.

Commissioners agreed Monday night to hire Dana Muscott to replace Rick Finn. Muscott, who currently serves as deputy city manager, would be the first woman to take the post in the city’s history.

"It's pretty humbling. It was a surprise last night," Muscott said.

She said it's a move that will allow the city to move forward without a glitch.

"I've been here for 17 and a half years. I know Bay City. I know the projects we're working on. We're not going to have any lag time trying to get up to speed on things," Muscott said.

Despite approving the move in an 8-to-1 vote, some commissioners raised concerns about voting on Muscott in the first place. They said the vote wasn’t put on the agenda until Monday and the city also didn’t hire a firm to seek out other applicants as it did in the past.

"We do have an informal part of our meeting, but it's really not meant for a topic like this," Commissioner Lynn Stamiris said.

Stamiris cast the lone dissenting vote. He feels the commission should have paid an executive search firm like they have done in the past.

"For some of the commissioners to say that $20,000 was a waste of money tells me they're not very confident on setting a budget and what that means to the residents of the city," Stamiris said.

He said hiring someone to manage the city's $145 million budget should be done in an open process.

"And I'm not saying Dana Muscott is not capable, I'm just saying there might be someone else who's more capable. But we don't know that now because we didn't do the search," Stamiris said.

City commissioners said foregoing the typical search process allowed them to save roughly $20,000 in taxpayer money.

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