July 23, 2016

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Brunswick taps Franklin, Ohio, man as new city manager

BRUNSWICK — After nearly 10 months of searches and interviews, Brunswick has a new city manager.

Jim Lukas, the city manager of Franklin, Ohio, will become city manager in mid-February, At-Large Councilman Pat McNamara said late Wednesday.

Lukas is a graduate of Cleveland State University and has a law degree and a master’s in public administration.

“He notified his Council on Monday night of his intentions to move to Brunswick,” McNamara said.

The announcement wraps up the city’s third round of searching for a replacement for former city manager Bob Zienkowski, who announced in March he was leaving for a job in Radnor, Pa.

“Council has breathed a collective sigh of relief,” McNamara said.

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

Legislation must go through three readings of City Council before Lukas can take his position as city manager.

McNamara said Lukas will be introduced at a formal meet-and-greet with the public sometime before then.

For more on this story, see Friday’s print edition of The Gazette.

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