RANSON – Ranson City Councilman Tony Grant, a 16-year city resident and a professional civil engineer who has served on the city’s Planning Commissionpresident, has been tapped to serve as the city’s next city manager.
Grant begins his job in Ranson’s top staff position on Feb. 10.
As city manager, he will oversee a staff of 50 full- and part-time city employees and a $7.5 million municipal budget. His responsibilities will range from drafting ordinances and vendor contracts to directing comprehensive planning and infrastructure projects to managing Ranson’s municipal staff, budgets and finances.
His annual city salary city will be $100,800.
After serving on the city’s Planning Commission, Grant was appointed to a vacancy on the City Council in 2016. He was elected to a four-year council term a year later.
Amanda Stroud, a 20-year city resident who lives on Samuel Street and works as a library assistant at Montgomery College in Germantown, Md., has been nominated to replace Grant on Ranson’s seven-member City Council. She was set to be appointed and sworn in Tuesday to the at-large council position. Her council term will end in June 2021.
Grant was chosen city manager among 102 job candidates who submitted applications and resumes, and among six people who were interviewed.
He was selected during a review process involving a three-member search committee that evaluated “career experience; expertise in city management, demeanor/communication style; and commitment to/knowledge of Ranson,” according to a memo from Mayor Keith “Duke” Pierson.
Pierson, City Attorney Tim Stranko and City Clerk and Human Resources Manager Stacey Pfaltzgraff served on the search committee. Ranson began its search for a new city manager after Andy Blake, an attorney who served in the job for 13 years, resigned in November to accept a position as deputy legal director for Berkeley County.