The Monterey City Council on Wednesday will hear pitches from agencies hoping to help the city hire its next city manager.
The council will hear presentations from several recruitment firms that answered a city call for proposals by a Jan. 16 deadline.
Longtime City Manager Fred Meurer is retiring this summer after 27 years with Monterey.
After sending formal requests for proposals to 11 agencies, the city received answers from seven firms with proposals. A subcommittee of Councilmen Alan Haffa and Frank Sollecito was going to recommend the top ones to make presentations to the council.
Names of the selected firms weren't available Monday on the council's website.
"We want a firm that will delve deeply and do as good a job as possible," Councilwoman Libby Downey said.
The council likely will hear from five firms, but it could get presentations by all the applicants, Downey said.
While the Monterey council hasn't been in the hunt for a new city manager in more than two decades, some of the recruiters have done other work for the city and for local regional agencies, Downey said.
"Some are recommended by other cities," she said. "(When) we hear their objectives and dynamics we'll have a better feel."
The cost is expected to be in the range of $30,000 to $35,000, Downey said.
The council was scheduled to hold an evening discussion on city priorities and building relationships but that has been postponed, Downey said.