STEUBENVILLE - The sole remaining candidate for the city manager job is expected to arrive in Steubenville Friday afternoon, tour the community with Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci and then sit down for a job interview Saturday morning.
Mucci said he also will provide the final applicant with a copy of the city's budget and will discuss projects taking place in the city.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf announced Wednesday night the interview process will proceed Saturday even though the other final candidate withdrew his name from consideration after he accepted a city manager position in another community.
City Council members met for 30 minutes to discuss their options after learning the search for a new city manager was down to one final candidate.
"We will meet with the final candidate Saturday morning and then decide if we will offer him the job. We will meet with the gentleman and determine if he is the right person for the job and he will decide if we are the right fit for him. We will hopefully make a decision Saturday," Metcalf explained after an emergency executive council meeting.
"If this individual is not hired we will re-advertise for the city manager position and proceed from there," added Metcalf.
Council members had narrowed the original list of 34 applicants to five finalist and then saw two of the final candidates withdraw their names.
Council met for approximately 90 minutes Sunday and eliminated an additional candidate and scheduled the final two finalists for interviews Saturday.
"But Metcalf cautioned after the Sunday meeting one of the two candidates was also interviewing for another manager job.
"The fact our final candidates were also under consideration by other communities tells me we have quality candidates on our final list. The people we were seriously considering are also being considered by other councils," Metcalf said.
Metcalf said council will interview the final applicant starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
"After we have concluded our interview we will break for lunch and the candidate will then be interviewed by the seven-member citizens committee. When that is finished we will meet with the citizens committee to brainstorm and compare notes. At that point the council members will make a decision on whether or not we will offer the city manager job to this individual or re-advertise for our city manager position," explained Metcalf.
The charter calls for the council to offer the city manager job to a candidate by Saturday, but Metcalf said council can continue the manager search if necessary.
The search for a new city manager started with 34 applicants after former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned from the job in mid May ending a 38-month tenure.
The advertisement for the job said the city is 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," is cited in the city charter.
The 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."
Under the terms of the charter, Mucci is currently serving as acting city manager.
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