Search for city manager set to begin

STEUBENVILLE – Thirty-two people have applied for the the city manager’s job and City Council members are preparing to begin the initial review process next week.

The deadline for applications was 5 p.m. Friday.

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said council members will meet in an executive session at 7 p.m. Tuesday to receive copies of the applications.

“I hope we have a good selection of candidates to choose from,” Metcalf added.

“We hope to start the telephone interview process by mid-August. We have until Sept. 14 to choose our next city manager. We will also have to finalize a citizens review committee, which will participate in the search process,” said Metcalf.

“We will meet our Sept. 14 deadline, if not sooner. We are all very serious about choosing the next city manager,” Metcalf noted.

Council started advertising for the vacant position in June following the May 13 resignation of Cathy Davison, which ended her 38-month tenure as city manager. Mayor Domenick Mucci has been serving as acting city manager since then.

The job advertisement states the city has a population of 18,000 residents and has an annual budget of $11.3 million.

According to the city’s charter, the city manager will, “be responsible for complete operation of a full-service city and all service and safety departments. The salary is open and the successful applicant shall, within six months of appointment, establish and maintain residence in Steubenville.”

The charter requires applicants to possess an, “undergraduate degree in public administration, business administration or a related field and have at least two years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager, or, in the alternative, have at least 10 years of experience as a city manager.”

According to the city charter, “Once the applicant is chosen, the said applicant must be on the job within 30 days from the date he or she is hired.”

The last time council started a search for a new city manager, the process required two tries before Davison was selected for the job.

The search for a new manager to replace former City Manager Bruce Williams, who retired Jan. 8, 2010, started in early 2009 but was delayed when the first list of 27 applicants was discarded in August of that year.

A second round of advertisements garnered a second list of 47 applicants in late 2009 and subsequent telephone interviews narrowed the list to three finalists. One of the three candidates withdrew his name from consideration in December after he was offered another job.

By mid-January 2010, 6th Ward Councilman David Lalich released the names of the two final candidates, both of whom were women, and said both would be interviewed by council members and the citizens review committee.

Davison was then offered a three-year contract with a $90,000 wage package on Jan. 23, 2010, following a two-day interview process.