(10/07/13) - Saginaw leaders are on a hunt to find a new city manager - and the
search might have just become tougher.
It started last month, when Darnell Earley announced he was stepping down to take on the job as Emergency Manager in Flint.
Now ABC12 has learned one of the top candidates to fill the vacant spot is no longer interested.
Dr. Odail Thorns was a popular choice to take the job as Saginaw's City Manager, but in a detailed email letter sent to council members and to ABC12, Thorns says after much thought and prayer, he is withdrawing his name from consideration.
Thorns is now retired. He once served as development director for Saginaw.
His letter states that immediately after Darnell Earley announced he was leaving Saginaw, Thorns began receiving phone calls urging him to consider the vacant spot and he thought about accepting the role.
He says most council members supported him, but some were on the fence.
Another candidate under consideration is Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Tim Morales. Thorns says he respects Morales and has no interest in competing for the position.
His letter included thanks to those who thought so highly of him, but he says he now has no plans to accept the role in any form.
Council members will have to find Earley's replacement soon. They're scheduled to discuss their options during a meeting Monday at City Hall.
"We have to wait and see what the council people want to do. That's the purpose of this meeting to be able to discuss that stuff and be open to the public, we have to do that at the table, not behind door, or behind the scenes, and that's the importance of this meeting coming up," said Dennis Browning, Mayor Pro Tem.
We're told the search for a new manager could take longer than nine months, putting pressure on council to get the process started.
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