Finalists picked for Cassopolis manager

Published 4:38 pm Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Village of Cassopolis, without a manager since October, is inching toward getting a replacement for Kevin Gillette.

A meeting with the Michigan Municipal League has been scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Village Hall to select three to six finalists to interview for the position, according to village board president Clare Mallo.

Mallo said the board hopes to schedule the interviews the week of Jan. 10 and select a new manager before the end of the month.

Running the village without a manager has gone “pretty well,” according to Mallo.

“It raises some problems, but nothing that can’t be handled. You have to rely on the attorney to help you,” Mallo said, referencing the village’s law firm, Plunkett Cooney.

In October the board voted 6-1 not to renew the contract of Gillette, who had served as manager since 2007.

Village President Pro-Tem Robert Yoder told the Vigilant in October the decision to not renew Gillette’s contract came down to community involvement.

“I think Kevin is very knowledgeable of the laws and regulations he had to follow, but we wanted someone who would integrate into the community, attend functions and be acquainted with the people,” Yoder said.

Mallo said the village has received “quite a few” applications for the open position but didn’t know the exact number.