The South Portland City Council is seeking guidance from residents, business owners and others as it launches a search for a new city manager.

The council will hold an information gathering session Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall.

The council hopes to learn what the community believes are the major challenges facing the city and the qualifications a new city manger should have. Anyone who is unable to attend may email comments to [email protected]

Don Gerrish, a consultant hired to serve as interim city manager, will facilitate the meeting and present an overview of the search process. Jim Gailey, who worked for the city for decades and served as city manager since 2007, resigned in July to become assistant manager of Cumberland County.