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Murphy Narrowly Misses Out on Michigan Job

The Plainfield village administrator was second-runner up for the city administrator post in East Lansing.

Village Administrator Brian Murphy will not be leaving Plainfield for a new job in East Lansing, Mich.

The East Lansing City Council decided Friday that it would go with its interim city manager, George Lahanas, for the position. At the end, Murphy was the only other candidate under consideration, according to an article in The (East Lansing) State News.

Murphy is a Michigan native and since 2009. He was one of 56 candidates to be considered for the job and made the cut three times before finally losing out to Lahanas.

Voice of Reason January 28, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Why is this news?
bill gries January 29, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Why are we a training ground? What happened to commitment?
Dan Raddatz January 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Look at Plainfield and look at our surrounding communities, I agree with Bill Gries that when hired to be Village Manager of Plainfield why does a person start looking in the Help Wanted ads? Most Village Managers want to steward the village to prosperity, upon his hire was their a performance clause. Does the Village Board actively look for a better Village Manager, same as Brian Murphy has done to Plainfield? As a resident of Plainfield, I wonder when the next announcement will be that Brian Murphy is a candidate for a position in another Village, Town or City some where other than Plainfield. Read the front page article "State of the Village" in the Enterprise dated January 26, 2012. The village Manager talk about growth and laeakage "Inviting Village Administrator Brian Murphy to the podium, the mayor's right hand man talked to luncheon guests about 3.7 percent growth in retail sales in the village last year, and efforts that continue to control leakage, the amount of money Plainfield residents spend outside the city limits". We need a very proactive Manager, we need to attract tax dollars to Plainfield not leakage out of Plainfield. You may read the entire State of the Village article at this link. http://www.buglenewspapers.com/enterprise/article_973b08ae-4855-11e1-9379-0019bb30f31a.html I close with a request to our board members to reflect on, if the Village Manager is looking for jobs else where, maybe we need to be looking else where too.
Margie Bonuchi January 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Dan, I can understand your thoughts and I need to comment. As with many situations in life there are other circumstances and details that cause a person to make other choices. Mr. Murphy has been an excellent administrator in many ways and is back on board. He has eliminated a lot of debt in the VIllage, he has been an asset to attract/expand businesses and the staff is outstanding and part of that is his leadership. I can appreciate the reaction without the whole story but speaking for myself, I believe that Mr. Murphy is dedicated to the Village of Plainfield and I for one will not "cut off our nose to spite our face" here. He came in 2nd out of 56 candidates for that job losing out only to an internal candidate. This is how well he was received there because he is very talented in his field. I know anyone can leave for a new job whenever they want and loyalty is an important factor, but as I said as in most cases in life everything is not as simple as it seems. I hope we can continue to move thie Village forward as a team of staff, board and Mayor and continue to do the best for Plainfield. Thank you, Margie Bonuchi
Dan Raddatz January 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Trustee Bonuchi, Thank You for your response, I too feel that you as a Board Member will use your stewardship to bring our Village forward. I am also very happy to hear from you comment that "Mr. Murphy has been an excellent administrator in many ways and is back on board." We as residents and you as a board member know we have to move Plainfield forward as a place business' want to invest. I look forward to 2012 as a year we will see the start of that vision.
Margie Bonuchi January 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Thanks Dan, I truly appreciate the support!
Jerry January 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This is why all levels of government are designed and established with continuity as the basis. People will come and go with each election cycle (even though Murphy's position isn't an elected one the premise is the same), but the mechanics of each department must continue. Private sector businesses accept and expect that their people will be in demand...that's how they know they are hiring good people.
JeffK January 30, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Big win for East Lansing and a huge loss for Plainfield. Any chance he was in the finals to make the internal candidate look better? With all due respect trustee Bonuchi he has cut the debt by gutting staff(not his own salary of course) and placed the burden on residents in the form of tax, water increases, tickets, etc. He found money to give the mayor a raise and a few months later announced a huge budget short fall. The village is currently losing population and business(loss of tax revenue), how has he addressed this? Is this really your idea of a good village manager?
J Anderson January 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Trustee Bonuchi I too thank you for your response. I was one of those concerned about the impacts on the village since the position is responsible for attracting and expanding business which is difficult as I assume those attributes are done by building relationships but if it appears the salesman won’t be there and is looking to leave the village (what he is selling) it doesn’t reflect well. Also it is natural now for people to question his intent or effort on everything. I wanted to comment because of these issues and the statement that he is “back on board” which indicted he wasn’t while looking at leaving. I admit I don’t have details such as if E.L. was his dream job and he is looking at no others but if he is truly dedicated to the village and to discount any concerns of commercial people is he willing to commit not applying for a couple years? It would look even worse is we are discussing this again in a month.
Miguel Sanchez January 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The situation is a bit awkard. Is it mandated lists of applicants for public service jobs be published?
Karen Sorensen (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It's fairly standard for larger towns to announce finalists for their administrator or manager jobs because this person is essentially going to be the CEO of the village or city for whom he/she will be working. Part of the reasoning, I believe, is to get feedback from residents and to cast a net to see if there's anything negative in the person's background that has not turned up in their research. While it does create some awkwardness, I think most boards realize that administrators/managers do not typically stay in these jobs for life. Some schools of thought say this is a good thing because the person doing the job is going to the best job possible because their success here is something they'll promote when seeking their next job. Also, be careful not to assume too much when someone is looking to change jobs. Sometimes there are always extenuating circumstances and personal reasons playing a role in the decision, and it's not always because the person dislikes their job, is being pushed out or is looking to climb to the next plateau.
Foster February 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Amen jeffk .this guy cuts jobs and force people out by making them hate their job. Or forcing out older employees.keep looking for another job.

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