The Havre de Grace Council is completing plans to hire a city manager to oversee municipal operations.
Council members are reviewing the job description for the manager position. They are to expected to vote to establish the position at the council's next meeting, Dec. 3.
"We're looking for a person who can give us a plan of action," Mayor Gunther S. Hirsch said.
Hirsch said city officials hope to fill the position within the next three months to replace the city clerk, Robert Northwood, who is resigning at the end of the year.
The city manager position will offer a salary of up to $45,000 plus benefits, Hirsch said.
Councilwoman Anna B. Long, who helped write a job description for the post, said she was initially opposed to creating the manager position because of her concern that the administrator would take away the authority of the mayor and council.
But Long said she changed her mind after realizing that a manager could provide the city with more efficient operations.
Hirsch said the manager will be responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the city's 75-member staff, including the police, planning and public works departments.
The manager also will prepare the city's annual budget, oversee municipal committees and follow through with the council's decisions, Hirsch said.
City officials want the prospective manager to have a degree in government or business administration and experience in local government, Hirsch said.
The county's two other municipalities -- Aberdeen and Bel Air -- already have managers.