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Dorman, Sharb tapped to fill jobs with city

New position linked to Bexley communications filled this week, service director awaits approval

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Two new administrators from nearby communities will join the city of Bexley this month.

Bill Dorman, who previously served as engineering manager for the city of New Albany, is slated to be Bexley's new service director.

Beth Sharb, who was previously community affairs coordinator for the city of Upper Arlington, began a newly created job March 3 as Bexley's deputy director of development and communications.

The service director oversees the operation and maintenance of the city's infrastructure, including streets, street lights, sanitation and sewers, trees in the public right of way, medians and parks. Dorman fills a vacancy that was created when former service director Bill Harvey was elected city auditor.

Bexley City Council members are scheduled to confirm Dorman's hiring at an annual base salary of $84,294 at their March 11 meeting.

Dorman was selected from among 40 applicants and nine interviewees. The interview panel included Harvey, Mayor Ben Kessler, City Engineer Dave Koch, Tree Commission Chairwoman Susan Quintenz, and Beth Anne Carman, Capital University's director of facilities management.

"After a second round of interviews, I called references and considered how the various candidates would complement Bexley's needs as we look toward our infrastructure and service challenges going forward," Kessler said.

Dorman was selected over the other candidates because of his experience, Kessler said.

In New Albany, Dorman oversaw major infrastructure projects and helped implement the city's work order management and tracking system and geographic information systems, which Kessler said Bexley is considering deploying.

"Bill's hands-on experience, his attention to detail and his enthusiasm make him an excellent fit for this position, and I think he's going to bring a lot of valuable insight to the office," Kessler said.

Sharb was chosen from among 20 applicants, five of whom were interviewed for the deputy director of development and communications position.

The job's main duties include assisting Kessler with communications, marketing and community and economic development projects.

Kessler and Bexley Public Library Director Rachel Rubin conducted the interviews. Kessler said he offered Sharb the position based on her experience in communications and community development.

"Her job will be versatile and will include recruiting strategic businesses and uses to Bexley, working on developing and retaining existing businesses and institutions in Bexley, serving as a core contact at the city for community organizations and community events and helping produce key city publications such as the recreation brochure, the city's newsletter and the Bexley Blast weekly emails," Kessler said.

Sharb was hired at an annual base salary of $47,500.

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