Hilliard City Council is asking residents to help guide them in transitioning to the city-manager form of government that will begin Jan. 1.

“We are interested in hearing what qualities our residents and those who work in this community believe our first city manager should possess,” council President Kelly McGivern said.

Residents and people who work in the city may complete the 5-minute survey through Friday, March 29, at surveymonkey.com/r/HilliardOH-CityManagerSurvey-CommunityInput.

The survey was developed by Novak Consulting Group, the firm Hilliard hired to assist City Council to find candidates for city manager.

The city’s contract with Novak Consulting Group is not to exceed $24,500, plus expenses, city communications director David Ball said.

In November, Hilliard voters approved a charter amendment, Issue 33, to change the city’s government model from a strong mayor to a city manager.

“The survey asks what qualities residents wish to see in a city manager, what they believe that individual’s priorities should be being during the first year on the job and what advice they would give this individual,” Ball said.

Participants’ identities would remain anonymous, and survey results would be used during the recruitment process and be shared with the city administration, he said.

“Changing our form of municipal government is a significant step for our community, and City Council members know how important it is to hire the right person for this position,” McGivern said.