STEUBENVILLE - City Council has cut the list of city manager candidates to 18 people following a 75-minute executive session Monday night.
Council received 34 applications for the city manager's job.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said council members focused on eliminating candidates who did not meet the qualifications cited in the city charter.
"We had a very good meeting and are moving forward in our search for a new city manager. We will meet again at 5 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting next week to try to narrow the list to approximately 10 candidates," Metcalf said Monday night.
"At that point we are planning to bring in our citizens' review committee to be involved in the search process," Metcalf added.
Each council member will name a representative to the citizens' review committee.
Metcalf had said he anticipated starting telephone interviews with the semi-final list of candidates by mid-August.
"There were some concerns expressed about the telephone interviews. We may narrow the list to five to eight candidates and then start face-to-face interviews," he noted.
"We are moving forward and will meet the Sept. 14 deadline," Metcalf said.
Council started advertising for the vacant position in June following Cathy Davison's resignation from the job on May 13 ending her 38-month tenure.
The job advertisement said the city has a population of 18,000 residents and has an annual budget of $11.3 million.
The charter states the city manager will "be responsible for complete operation of a full service city and all service and safety departments. The salary is open and the successful applicant shall, within six months of appointment, establish and maintain residence in Steubenville."
The city charter requires applicants to possess an "undergraduate degree in public administration, business administration or related field and have at least two years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager or in the alternative have at least 10 years of experience as a city manager."
According to the city charter, "Once the applicant is chosen, the said applicant must be on the job within 30 days from the date he or she is hired."
Mayor Domenick Mucci is currently serving as acting city manager.
Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. today to discuss the University Boulevard sewer rehabilitation design.
A 6 p.m. executive session is scheduled today for the council members to start reviewing the applicants interested in the City Council clerk position.
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