All that remains is to hire the person whom your evaluation has determined to be the most qualified and suitable candidate. This involves, among other things, reaching agreement on salary, benefits and conditions of employment. That may sound a little scary, but it is usually a pleasant, business-like experience.
In your job advertisement, you indicated a salary range for the position. The reason for doing that was to save potential applicants unnecessary time and effort. You can properly assume that individuals who applied are willing to go to work for a salary that falls within the advertised pay range. If it is your intent to pay the starting rate, then do not advertise a range.
In the job advertisement you may also have indicated a maximum starting rate. That should make things go even smoother, but it does not mean there will not be a little give and take, a bit of honest, old-fashioned trying to get the best deal possible. Expect some of that because it is human nature. Just remember that your job is to keep the magic number at a level that is fair and within the salary parameters that have been established.
Benefits and conditions of employment for positions in city government are usually uniform and consistent for employees of the same classification, for example, department heads. This is generally understood, but to affirm that fact, many organizations provide this information to applicants prior to interviewing. It is recommended that you do so.
There are a few items other than salary that may require negotiation. Starting date is one. Another is moving expenses. Still another is use of an automobile. Go over the parameters of the job one final time with the person you are hiring so that there is absolutely no misunderstanding. This also is the time to communicate any expectations or preferences that were not thoroughly covered during the interview or subsequent conversations.
When you have verbally covered all of the above items to the satisfaction of the candidate and yourself, put it all in a written, formal job offer letter, and request a reply from the candidate in writing. Post-offer drug testing/physical examination may be acceptable at this point.
Finally, make an effort to really welcome your new employee. Take the time to arrange introductions with other staff members. Provide an appropriate orientation to the job, the organization and the community. Doing so will enable the new employee to be productive for you sooner.