Scottville names city manager finalists

May 21, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — City officials in Scottville have narrowed their search to three leading candidates for the position of city manager: Courtney Magaluk; James Van Ess; and Dale Stuart.

Interim City Manager Steve Brock said the city received 20 applications in total, and that the search process, managed by the Michigan Municipal League, has gone smoothly.

“So far, so good,” Brock told the Daily News on Monday. “We’re pretty agreed on the three candidates, so that’s good.”

Brock said there is diversity in the top three hopefuls for the position.

“They’re definitely different types of people,” he said.

Courtney Magaluk

Magaluk works as a project manager for the City of Grand Rapids, but lives in Shelby.

Though originally from Oceana County, she has traveled for educational reasons, serving in city planning positions in Sarasota, Florida and Anderson, South Carolina.

Dale Stuart

Stuart is the current township supervisor for Oakland Charter Township and has previously served as city manager for Cheboygan and supervisor of Keego Harbor.

He has also been the township supervisor for Independence Township in Oakland County.

James Van Ess

Van Ess previously applied for the position of city manager of Ludington following the departure of John Shay, and was selected as a finalist in that search process.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Ferris State University and owns a home in Ludington, One Ludington Place, where he serves on the condo association.

In his cover letter, Van Ess stated that he has experience working with various government and government-related entities, including sheriff’s departments, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as well as fire departments and road commissions.

The candidates will be interviewed during a special meeting of the Scottville City Commission starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Scottville City Hall, 105 N. Main St.

The first interview is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., according to Brock, who noted that the meetings are open to the public.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.

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