THREE OAKS – Three Oaks’ search for a new village manager will continue after the candidate unanimously selected by the council on Wednesday, Jan.22, declined the position on Saturday, Jan. 24.

James Toth was the first of five candidates to be interviewed beginning Jan. 8 and was asked to meet again on Monday, Jan. 20, with a committee made up of Village President David Grosse and Trustees Colleen Newquist and John Pappa.  The full council met in special session the following Wednesday and voted to hire Toth, effective Monday, Jan. 27, at a salary of $60,000 per year.

Grosse said Toth originally accepted over the phone on Wednesday evening but called Saturday to say he has discovered some health issues and cannot accept the position.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Grosse said the village will proceed with a search conducted by retired village manager Larry Nielsen. In the meantime, Grosse will continue acting as interim village manager.

Nielsen, a graduate of Lakeshore High Schools and Michigan State University, retired from the Village of Paw Paw in August 2017.  He has served in four municipalities and was the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award by the Michigan Local Government Management Association.

The vacancy was created when Mike Greene, who held the post since August 2017, left in December after accepting a job with Saline, Mich., a city of about 8,800 residents south of Ann Arbor located closer to his family and friends in his hometown of Caro, Mich.

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