Dunwoody city officials have started working on a hiring a new city manager. The first thing they have to figure out is how to go about it.

“We’re learning how to do it,” Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said.

City Manager Warren Hutmacher resigned March 25 to take the job as city manager of Johns Creek, a larger city in north Fulton County. Hutmacher is the only city manager the 5-year-old city has ever had. In fact, he was the first employee hired by the city, city officials pointed out this week.

Davis said March 26, he met with city staff members to talk about how best to find Hutmacher’s successor.

Davis said the city could hire a search firm or city officials could take care of recruiting and interviewing candidates. Davis said he hoped to decide by March 28 which route to take.

“Right now, we’re just kicking around how best to proceed,” the mayor said. “We are starting the process and giving a lot of thought to it. … We’re looking at all the different ways of going forward.”

Davis said he and other city officials were receiving “a lot of phone calls” from search firms and from candidates for the city manager’s job.

Hutmacher announced his plans to resign during the March 24 Dunwoody City Council meeting. At that time, he said he would remain at Dunwoody through late April.

Mike Davis, Dunwoody mayor