Manager search down to two

STEUBENVILLE – City Council members hope to announce the name of the new city manager sometime Saturday.

But those plans may depend on one of the two final candidates who is in the running for a city manager job in another community.

Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci and council members met for approximately 90 minutes Sunday morning to narrow the final list from three candidates to two people.

“We are planning to interview the final two candidates face-to-face starting Saturday morning. But one of the two candidates has informed us he is one of four final candidates for another city manager’s job. He will inform us Wednesday if he is still interested in our position,” explained 3rd Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf.

If one of the two final candidates withdraws from consideration, Metcalf said he will immediately call his council colleagues to determine what they want to do at that point.

“We may have to call for an emergency council meeting to discuss our next step. Under that scenario, we will have to decide if we want to proceed with the interview of just the one candidate or if we want to advertise for applications again and start over,” noted Metcalf.

The charter calls for council to offer the city manager job to a candidate by Sept. 14.

“We have asked both candidates come to Steubenville this weekend, and we have scheduled a tour of the city for them with Mayor Mucci, who will also discuss the city’s infrastructure and finances. We will start the interviews at 9 a.m. Saturday. Council members will interview one of the candidates while the citizens review committee will interview the other candidate. We will take a break for lunch and then flip the candidates. We will then meet with the citizens committee members to listen to the views of its members and then decide who we will offer the city manager job to later Saturday,” stated Metcalf.

Metcalf said each council member was contacting his or her citizens review committee appointee Sunday to prepare them for the Saturday interviews.

“I am personally pleased with the final two candidates and look forward to the interviews on Saturday,” Metcalf said.

Two of the five final applicants withdrew their names from consideration during the past three weeks.

The search for a new city manager started with 34 applicants after former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned from the job in mid-May, bringing her 38-month tenure to an end.

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

The charter states 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 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.”

Under the terms of the charter, Mucci is currently serving as acting city manager.