July 25, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Brunswick still without city manager

BRUNSWICK — Any hopes of a city manager Christmas miracle may be futile.

Council is still in the midst of trying to secure a candidate, At-large Councilman Pat McNamara said.

McNamara said last week Council members hoped to have a formal announcement by Monday’s meeting, but on Monday said they have not yet formalized a contract with anyone for the job.

“We’re working on the background checks,” McNamara said Monday. “We have narrowed the field.”

Council interviewed five candidates Dec. 13.

The city is in its third search for a new city manager since former city manager Bob Zienkowski announced in March he was leaving for a position as township manager in Radnor, Pa.

Police Chief Carl DeForest has been serving as interim city manager since May.

In the first go-around, there were 53 applicants for the job. Council members interviewed 10 in April and narrowed the list down to four. Three of those four dropped out of the running before Council could bring them in for final interviews.

The city decided to reopen the search and in May hired California search firm Neher and Associates. The city used the same firm seven years ago during the search that resulted in Zienkowski’s hiring.

The second time through the search, Council narrowed the field of more than 55 candidates to three in August and moved forward with negotiations with its top candidate, McNamara said.

After several weeks, he said the candidate accepted a job on the West Coast.

While the results of the third search remain to be seen, McNamara said Brunswick should have a new city manager in office by the end of January or early February.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.