June 26, 2016

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City manager list down to two in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — City Council members have narrowed the field to two in their hunt for a city manager.

Council invited former Steubenville City manager Cathy Davison and former Dayton Fire Chief Larry Collins back for second interviews.

Davison was interviewed last week and Collins will meet with Council members Friday.

“We’ve narrowed the field and after interviewing Larry Collins for the second time, I think we’ll be discussing what we want to do,” said Pat Hanek, chairwoman of Council’s committee of the whole.

Council has been seeking a replacement since August when Jim Lukas resigned to move to southwest Ohio to be closer to family.

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

In August, Council hired Management Partners for a fee of $18,900. The firm helped solicit more than 50 applicants for the position. Earlier this month, Council narrowed the field to five with the help of the employment firm.

Now it’s down to two.

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

In the resume Davison sent to Council, she said her city manager position included managing a $40 million budget, acquiring grants and working with council members and other administrators to develop policies.

In addition to her work in Steubenville, Davison also served as a small business economic development manager for the city of Franklin, Va., and as town administrator and budget officer for Murfeesboro, N.C.

Collins serves as fire chief for Brevard County, Fla. Prior to that, he served as chief of the Dayton Fire Department for 11 years and served a total of 30 years on the department.

In a cover letter included with his resume, Collins said his experience in Dayton included managing the Fire Department of a city of 185,000 people across a 56-square-mile area. In Brevard County, he manages the 10th- largest department in the state and oversees 800 members and a budget of $80 million.

“As a seasoned public administrator with nearly 35 years of experience, I offer readily verifiable leadership and management experience gathered in two separate large complex and diverse metropolitan communities,” he said in his letter.

Hanek said she can’t say when Council will be able to make an offer or announcement, but said the process is moving forward the way members had hoped and she’s optimistic about the two candidates asked back for second interviews.

“They were definitely strong in management, both of them,” Hanek said. “Cathy’s been a city manager and Larry Collins is the head of a fire department that covers an entire county, with a big budget, so they both come from strong backgrounds.”

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.