A key employee at the City of Melfort is stepping down.
Michael Hotsko, Melfort’s city manager, confirmed in an email to northeastNOW he is retiring from his line of work after taking over from John Wade in 2012.
Mayor Rick Lang had only positive words for Hotsko’s run as city manager.
“He’s conscientious, makes sure he does a thorough job all the time, and provides us with the information we need to help us make our decisions,” Lang said. “Someone that we’re definitely going to miss.
“I’ve been in positions before where I’ve had important people leave an organization because they just feel they need a different experience, or they’re just done with what they’ve been doing. It’s always difficult when you lose an employee and Michael Hotsko has been an excellent employee as far as I’m concerned.”
The City of Melfort is taking applications for the role until Nov. 27, where council will make a short list of potential candidates before settling on a new city manager.
Lang said the goal for council is to find a candidate who can replicate Hotsko’s job as city manager.
“If I had my way he wouldn’t be retiring, but I don’t get a say in that,” Lang said. “When he first told me, I told him ‘No that’s not acceptable,’ but I don’t get to make that call unfortunately.
“He’s everything that we expected when we hired him, he’s actually gone above and beyond what we thought we were getting. In a perfect world we would go out and find somebody to replace him who would be equal to what he brings to the city.”
Hotsko will serve as Melfort’s city manager until the end of December 2018.
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