City Manager Recruitment

An image of Mill Creek City Hall SouthUpdate as of April 2, 2019:
​At its April 2 meeting, the Mill Creek City Council identified Michael G. Ciaravino as finalist for the City Manager role. The Council voted unanimously to have City Attorney Scott Missall negotiate an employment agreement with Ciaravino.

Update as of March 15, 2019:
The City of Mill Creek has identified the five finalists for the City Manager position.
In alphabetical order, they include:
  • Steve Barwick, who served the City of Aspen, Colo., from 1993-2019, most recently as City Manager (1999-2019), and previously as Assistant City Manager and Finance Director (1993-99). Barwick also served as the Finance and Administrative Services Director for the Town of Vail, Colo. (1985-93), and as a Senior Policy and Budget Analyst for the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo. (1981-85). He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Michael Ciaravino served as the City Manager of the City of Newburgh, NY, from 2014-2018. Ciaravino previously served the City of Maple Heights, Ohio, in various capacities from 1991-2007, including: Chief Executive Officer and Mayor (2003-07); Safety Director (2003-07); and Lead Counsel (1991-2003). He also served the City of Maple Heights in 2003 as Director of Administrative Services on an interim basis. Ciaravino practiced local government law from 1991-2014. He holds a juris doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law in Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from John Carroll University in Ohio.

  • Matt Coppler serves as the City Manager of Lincoln Park, Mich., a position he has held since 2015. Coppler previously served as the Town Manager in Enfield, Conn. (2006-15), and as the City Manager in three cities: Batavia, NY (2001-06), Louisville, Ohio (1997-2001), and Gallipolis, Ohio (1994-97). He also served as Village Manager of the Village of Carlisle, Ohio (1992-94), and a Planner for Henry County, Ohio (1991-92). Coppler holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

  • [This candidate has withdrawn] Rick Rudometkin serves as the County Manager of Eddy County, N.M., a position he has held since 2013. He was also the county’s Public Works Director in 2013. Rudometkin served as the Streets Division Manager in Colorado Springs, Colo. (2012-13), and in multiple capacities in Modoc County, Calif. (2007-11), including Chief Administrative Officer (2009-11). He served the City of Dana Point, Calif. (2003-07) as the Public Works Manager/Streets Manager, and worked for Willdan (private sector engineering) from 1994-2003. Rudometkin holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Woodbury University in Calif.

  • Shayne Scott serves as the City Manager of Kaysville, Utah, a position he has held since 2016. Scott previously served as the City Manager of Parowan, Utah from 2010-16. Between2005-10, he held management and GIS positions with Coldwell Banker Commercial and then Rosenberg Associates, both in St. George, Utah. He also served as the GIS Coordinator for Washington County, Utah (2000-05). Scott holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems from Utah State University.

Update as of March 14, 2019:
The Mill Creek community is invited to meet with City Manager candidates at an evening social on Friday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will take place in The Forum at Mill Creek Town Center, 15117 Main St., second floor conference room.
The recruitment for a new City Manager in Mill Creek yielded 48 candidates. From that pool, the City Council identified five candidates to bring to the City for an extensive interview process.

During the social, candidates will each have an opportunity to present information about themselves, as well as mingle with community members.

In addition to the social, the five candidates will have a rigorous two-day interview process. On Friday, March 22, candidates will meet separately with a community panel, the City leadership team and a staff panel. Candidate interviews with the City Council are slated for Saturday, March 23. Additional interviews may be scheduled as the City Council determines.

Additional information about the five candidates will be available after Monday, March 18.


Information about the Search
See the candidate profile.

The national search for a new Mill Creek city manager is underway, and the City Council hopes to have a new leader in place at the City next spring.

At its Nov. 27 meeting, the Mill Creek City Council selected Peckham & McKenney as the executive search firm to conduct the recruitment for a new city manager.

The search process began Dec. 10 when the recruiter from Peckham & McKenney, Drew Gorgey, met individually with the City Council to identify specific traits and leadership characteristics of successful candidates. He also solicited input from the staff. The firm will now work to create a candidate profile and initiate the recruitment by the end of the year.

The tentative recruitment timeline includes:
  • Open recruitment through Feb. 18;
  • Preliminary interviews and recommendation of candidates by March 12;
  • Finalist interviews by March 22/23; and
  • Identification of a preferred candidate by March 29.