Delaware County Administrator Dave Cannon is a finalist for an administrator's position in Muskegon County in Michigan.

Delaware County Administrator Dave Cannon is a finalist for an administrator's position in Muskegon County in Michigan.

When the call came earlier this week Cannon was a little surprised.

He applied for the job "well before the end of the year (2008)," he said, but after the November elections, when two of the three commissioners lost re-election bids and the third was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.

With three new bosses assuming office in January there was a lot of uncertainty over whether they would replace some administrators, including Cannon, he said. If that happened, he wanted to be positioned for another job given the current state of the economy and the dwindling job market, Cannon said.

In mid-December Cannon received a letter from Muskegon asking for more information, but trying to get a budget passed took all his time and he never responded.

"I thought they had moved on," he said, until the call came from the search firm telling him he was a finalist.

Cannon's concern is the timing of the next set of interviews on Feb. 16 and 17. His two sons have athletic competitions out of state on that weekend that could go into Feb. 16, Presidents Day.

"I told them to put me down for Feb. 17 and I will try to work out how to get up there ... but my family commitments come first," he said.

With nearly a month under the new commissioners he's enjoying working with them, Cannon said, and not sure it's time to leave.

"I don't have that motivation that I want to be out looking for another job that I did when I applied," he said.

Commission president Tommy Thompson said it's "entirely up to Mr. Cannon what he elects to do for his future, whether he wants to pursue another opportunity or whether he wants to try and stay here. That's entirely up to him and his family. I wouldn't put a roadblock up on him."