It hasn’t been a great last few months for city and town managers in Guilford County.

 In March, Greensboro City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba resigned after a giant controversy that resulted from 911 calls from his daughters during and after a “family disorder incident” – to use the city’s sanitized phrase.

And in Summerfield, this month, Summerfield Town Manager Scott Whitaker – who didn’t get his contract renewed by the Town Council – left, with the entire town staff departing with him.

Summerfield is starting to put the pieces back together again.

The Town Council recently named well-respected former interim town manager Dana Luther as the new interim manager while that town conducts a manager search – and is, in fact, looking to hire an entire town staff.

The Greensboro City Council also has some work to do in that regard.  Since early March, the city has been without a manager ­– though Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan told the Rhino Times that Interim City Manager Chris Wilson had been doing an excellent job and had agreed to stay in that position as long as he was needed.

It’s June now, so there’s obviously no big rush by the City Council to fill that job and the council certainly wants to choose wisely given the four-ring circus act the city and the City Council went through during the last manager’s long goodbye.

The application process for the Guilford County manager job is now closed and the Greensboro City Council announced that it will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 21, in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber of the Melvin Municipal Office Building downtown.

The official description of the meeting on the legally required public notice states: “This is a specially called meeting as the Council will meet in closed session to consider applications for the vacant City Manager position.”

Still, no one should expect the council to come out of closed session and announce a new manager.  This is the start of what could be a long process that’s already taken a couple of months to get this far.

The deadline for applications to be submitted was Sunday, May 26 and it takes some time for city staff to go through those resumes, vet applicants to some degree, and filter out those applicants who don’t meet the minimum requirements.

Last month, Vaughan said the process of picking the new manager was “moving along,” but she also noted that it will be a very involved activity.

The mayor said that, once applications are screened, the city council will interview applicants virtually and then narrow it down to a few finalists who’ll be brought in for in-person interviews.

According to a timeline established by the city earlier this year, semi-finalist and finalist interviews will take place throughout June and July.

The salary for the job running the city with 3,500 employees begins at $190,993 and could end up as high as $341,777 a year.

Among other things, the job requires: “Seven or more years of progressively responsible public or private sector leadership experience is required to include a minimum of two years overseeing a team of 200 or more employees; leadership experience in a municipal or local government environment at the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, or Assistant City Manager level is highly preferred for consideration.”

Also, the new city manager should be “an inclusive leader who appreciates diversity and supports the City’s work to overcome racial divisions.”