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Laura Saunders, regional program manager of the CALEA mid-Atlantic region, presenting Salem Police Chief Mike Crawley with a plaque recognizing Salem Police’s first national accreditation. With them are, from left, Sgt. Todd Cheney, Maj. Derek Weeks and Capt. Todd Clayton

Salem is officially beginning a search for its next city manager and possibly, an assistant manager. Monday night, Salem City Council authorized Mayor Randy Foley to execute a contract to hire a search firm other nearby cities have used.

Foley confirmed that Interim City Manager Jay Taliaferro, who is Salem’s former assistant city manager, is one of the candidates. He has served as interim since council asked for the resignation of City Manager Kevin Boggess, city manager for nine years, in January of this year. That was a split vote of 3-2, with Mayor Randy Foley and Vice Mayor Jane Johnson opposing the move.

Council’s directive this week was to spend up to $22,500 with the firm GovHRusa.

Foley explained he had researched the search firm after the City of Chesapeake, Winchester and Government Finance Officers recently used GovHRusa and were pleased. He also looked into seven…

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