July 24, 2016

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Field set for Brunswick city manager candidates

UPDATE: Click each candidate’s name to view his or her resume.

Brunswick City Council members are meeting with five candidates for the job of city manager in the next two weeks, including two Ohio residents, two Florida applicants with Ohio ties, and an applicant from Michigan.

Council members hired Management Partners to help them conduct the search, and the independent firm helped sort through 50 applicants before narrowing the field to five.

Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest has been serving as interim city manager since August, when Jim Lukas resigned to move to southwest Ohio to be closer to family.

Councilwoman Patricia Hanek, at large, said Council is conducting four interviews next week, and a final interview on the following Tuesday. Council has set aside two closed-to-the-public executive sessions Nov. 14 and 15 to deliberate.

“If everything goes well, I would think we would be in a position to make an offer,” she said.

The five finalists are:

Cathy Davison, of Steubenville. Davison served as city manager for Steubenville from 2010 to May 2013. She now serves as an adjunct faculty member in the business department at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville.

She has varied experience in municipal government. She served as a town administrator and financial/budget officer for Murfeesboro, N.C., and as small business economic development manager for Franklin, Va.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Norwich University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Anderson University.

Joseph T. Valentino, of Upper Arlington, near Columbus. Valentino now serves as assistant city manager for Upper Arlington, a post he has held since 2005. Prior to that, he served as parks and recreation director for the Columbus suburb.

He has a bachelor’s degree in public recreation education from The Ohio State University and a master’s of business administration from Ohio Dominican University.

Robert Kellogg, of Palm City, Fla. Kellogg has served as the town manager for Sewall’s Point, Fla., since 2006. Prior to that, he served as city manager of Rittman, in Wayne County, for 19 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kent State University. He served as county commissioner in Carroll County from 1977 to 1985.

Larry Collins, of Rockledge, Fla. Collins is the fire chief for Brevard County, Fla. Before that, he held positions with the city of Dayton, where he served as director and chief of the Dayton Fire Department for 11 years.

Prior to his service as chief, he served five years as assistant chief. Collins holds a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in public safety from Franklin University.

Michael Stampfler, of Portage, Mich. Most recently, Stampfler served as town manager of West Warwick, R.I., a post he held until July.

Before that he served as an emergency, or interim, city manager for Pontiac, Mich., from 2010 to 2011.

His city manager experience also includes the cities of Talladega, Ala.; Casselberry, Fla.; and Portage, Mich.

Since 2005, Stampfler has served as the owner and managing partner of a consulting agency.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a master of arts and master of public administration from Western Michigan University.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.