BRUNSWICK — For the second time in nearly eight months of searching, candidates for the city manager’s job in Brunswick have been pared to nine finalists.
Vice-mayor Vince Carl, a Ward 2 councilman, said the application deadline was Feb. 28 and there were 35 applicants for the position, which has been vacant since August.
Management Partners, the firm hired by the city to conduct the search, reviewed the applicants and narrowed the field to nine.
“Nine of them were good and went forward, and they’re doing background checks on those now,” Carl said.
He said the firm will narrow the field to five candidates for City Council members to interview in mid-April. Carl said as far as he knows all the applicants are new and were not a part of the city’s initial search, which failed after a disagreement among Council members.
In December, Council members voted 4-3 to hire former Steubenville city manager Cathy Davison. The vote failed because a super-majority of Council is required to appoint a new city manager.
Council started the search process again in January.
Carl said a best-case scenario would be for Council to extend an offer to a candidate by the end of April and have someone in the position in May, but it all depends on Council agreeing on a candidate.
Since August, Police Chief Carl DeForest has taken on the role of interim city manager, but Carl said it’s important to hire and put a permanent manager in place to make long-term decisions.
“Carl is doing a great job,” the vice-mayor said. “But he doesn’t want to do anything long-term or long-lasting.”
Carl said the city likely won’t hire an economic development manager to replace Tim Smith, who resigned last month, so the new city manager could make his or her own hiring decision.
“We haven’t hired an economic development manager because we want the city manager to hire who they want,” Carl said. “Without a city manager, it puts us in a holding pattern for long-term planning.”
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