Rob Splane accepts city manager position.

June 16, 2021

Rob Splane accepts city manager position.

HART — Former Hart City Councilman and Interim City Manager Rob Splane has accepted the position of city manager, and he officially begins his duties June 28. 

The search for a new city manager was narrowed down to two candidates — Splane, who is a tech support analyst for JSJ Corp. in Grand Haven and owns West Coast Integration, LLC in Hart, and Joseph Erickson who is the village manager for Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula.

Former Hart City Manager Lynne Ladner left her employment with the city, which she said was prompted by the city council not renewing her contract. Her last day was May 7, and she accepted another position in Florida.

Ladner was hired in 2018 when long-time Hart City Manager Stan Rickard retired from the position. 

The position was posted on various web sites, such as LinkedIn, the Michigan Municipal League, Indeed and the City of Hart, said Mayor Platt.

Splane was appointed by the council as interim city manager, April 27, and he resigned from his council seat due to a conflict of interest. He had been on the council for the last several years.

A subgroup of Platt and council members Jim Evans and Catalina Burillo interviewed four candidates from a field of 31 applicants. The subgroup recommended to the full council to move forward with second interviews of Erickson and Splane conducted by the full council, said Platt.

The city manager search process was conducted under the guidance of City Attorney Mark Nettleton of Mika Meyers in Grand Rapids, said Mayor Platt.

“We are very excited for the new direction Hart is going in,” she said. 

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