City has a new manager

STEUBENVILLE – Timothy Michael Boland, a 54-year old town administrator from Pataskala, has accepted an offer from the City Council to become the next city manager of Steubenville.

Boland called Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf shortly before the 3 p.m. deadline Friday to say he would accept the job offer.

“I see this as a tremendous opportunity. I have visited the Steubenville community a number of times and see it as a great opportunity. I can’t wait to get started,” Boland said in a telephone interview Friday.

Boland said there was a mutual decision to end his seven year tenure as town administrator in Pataskala.

“After seven years and three contract extensions, the city council decided to not pursue another contract extension. We are going our separate ways. I look forward to be working with the Steubenville City Council and the mayor,” said Boland.

“Among my goals will be improving the infrastructure. I have worked on similar projects in the past,” noted Boland.

“I am going to be focusing on the transition period here in Pataskala as well as in Steubenville. My wife and I will be looking at the Steubenville area and will focus in the coming weeks on finding a home there,” Boland added.

He said he and his wife have two children who are both currently enrolled at Miami of Ohio University.

Metcalf said the City Council members are unanimous in their support of Boland.

“We have offered Timothy a three year contract with a starting salary of $90,000. That is the salary Cathy Davison was receiving at the end of her job contract. He will be evaluated after six months and then annually every year. The council will have the option of offering Tim a pay increase if he passes the job evaluations,” declared Metcalf.

“We know this has been a drawn out process but the council members agreed we were going to follow the city charter as we searched for a new city manager,” Metcalf said.

“He has been very successful in Pataskala. The community of approximately 15,000 is one of the fastest growing cities in Ohio,” remarked Metcalf.

“Prior to becoming city administrator in Pataskala, Timothy Boland was the economic development director in Delaware County from 1999 to 2007. And before that he was the planning and zoning administrator for Perrysburg and Powell, Ohio. He brings a very strong and diverse background to our community and I am excited that he has accepted our job offer,” Metcalf stated.

“We just saw the Jefferson County Port Authority appoint Evan Scurti as their new director of economic development. I believe Tim and Evan will be able to work together for future economic development projects in the city. They can work well together,” said Metcalf.

According to Metcalf, Boland is a native of Ohio and graduated from Miami of Ohio University.

“He obtained a master’s degree in regional and city planning from Ohio State University and obtained an MBA from Capital University,” cited Metcalf.

“When I looked at his resume I was highly impressed. He has had a number of successes in Ohio and he has several contacts in the Ohio legislature that will help us in the future. His ability to know the laws of Ohio will also benefit us as a city,” Metcalf said.

“I see him as a very organized person and a strong leader for the city. He has experience negotiating labor contracts with union employees in Pataskala. Mayor Domenick Mucci has already started updating Tim on our current contract negotiations with the International Association of Firefighters and future contract talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2015,” said Metcalf.

“Under the terms of the city charter, Mayor Mucci will remain as the acting city manager until Tim assumes his duties. I would like to stress that I really appreciate what the mayor has done during the past six months to lead the city. I thank him for his hard work on behalf of the city,” Metcalf said.

The council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in an executive session to discuss the city manager job.

Metcalf said he expects legislation to be introduced at Tuesday’s Sunshine meeting to formally offer the city manager job to Boland.