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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.

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 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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