OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Ocean City has hired a firm to conduct a nationwide search for a new city manager and plans to select the person in March.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that officials have hired Springsted Inc., a public sector advising firm, to conduct the search. John Anzivino, senior vice president of Springsted, will give a presentation on the selection process at a town council meeting on Monday.

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The firm plans to do recruitment and preliminary screening work in January and February. It will then narrow down a list of candidates to four or five finalists who will be interviewed by the mayor and council.

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Dennis Dare resigned as city manager in September. Mayor Rick Meehan has been filling the position in the interim.

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