ADRIAN — The city of Adrian is looking for a new administrator.
The Adrian City Commission formally accepted the resignation of city administrator Nathan Burd during a special meeting Friday morning.
Burd was selected as the next Livingston County administrator on May 11. He filed his resignation letter with the city on May 19.
Burd told The Daily Telegram in a previous interview he wasn't looking for another job, but the Livingston County opening was a hard one not to take a look at. He and his family previously lived in Oakland county, near the county line it shares with Livingston and also has family in Brighton.
"It's unfortunate for us, from a city standpoint, but it's very fortunate for him and his family and the advancement of his career," commissioner Brad Watson said Friday. "I wish him the best of luck."
Friday's meeting was to accept the resignation and determine a route forward.
The commission voted to have GovHR USA conduct a search for the city's next administrator. The executive recruitment and consulting company administered the search that brought Burd to Adrian. The original search garnered 56 applicants from 20 states and one international candidate.
The city's agreement with GovHR included a stipulation that if another search was needed within 24 months of the original the city would only have to afford minimal expenses and the cost of announcements the second time around.
Burd was chosen to be Adrian's city administrator in 2018 and began that December.
Commission members who were on the board during the first search spoke highly of the process and working with GovHR. Watson called it "money well spent."
Mayor Angie Sword Heath said GovHR Vice President Ryan Cotton, who was involved in the initial search, intends to speak with each commission member and Burd about what they seek in a candidate.
The commission also agreed to explore internal interim options for the position.
Commissioner Lad Strayer was a proponent of an internal candidate due to Burd's leadership.
"I feel like city hall is pretty stable these days so when we look to fill this interim position I want to fill that position with someone from within city hall rather than bring someone in from the outside," he said.
Burd advised the commission to decide on an interim candidate by its June 15 meeting. This would give Burd about a month to work with the person prior to leaving.
Burd is required by his contract to give a 60-day notice. He said he intends to serve all 60 days. His last day will by July 17.