June 26, 2016

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Selection of Brunswick city manager could be unveiled

BRUNSWICK — Council members will hold their seventh closed-door session of the month today to consider the appointment of a new city manager.

Councilmember and Vice Mayor Vince Carl, Ward 2, voiced hope the seventh time will do the trick.

Five of the closed-door meetings were conducted to have in-depth interviews with the five candidates the city narrowed the search down to in early April.

Carl said there are no more candidates to interview. He said Council will discuss the appointment at today’s committee of the whole executive session, which will start an hour before the council’s regular session at 7:30 p.m.

The city has been without a manager since August when Jim Lukas resigned. Police Chief Carl DeForest has been serving as interim city manager since then.

The search is the second conducted since Lukas resigned. In the fall, the city hired Management Partners who helped advertise for the position and sorted through resumes providing Council members with their top picks.

In December, Council members voted 4-3 to hire former Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison. But the vote failed because at least five votes are required from the seven member council to appoint a manager. After the Council session started in January, a new search began with a second round of applicants for the position.

The five finalists in the second search include Brunswick Safety Services Director Pat McNamara, Anthony Bales, of Hudson, who serves as an economic development specialist for the city of Kent, Robert Bruner, of Michigan, a former city manager of Birmingham, Mich., Michael Ciaravino, of Strongsville, former mayor of Maple Heights, and Jane Howington, of Newport, R.I., who has worked as city manager for the city of Newport since 2012.

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.