After months of searching the country for a new city manager, Dublin City Council filled the position with someone local.

After months of searching the country for a new city manager, Dublin City Council filled the position with someone local.

Council announced its selection of Dublin resident Terry Foegler after members debated in executive sessions Sunday and Monday.

Foegler beat out Dublin director of development and deputy city manager Dana McDaniel, Petaluma, Calif., city manager Michael Bierman and Troy, Mich., city manager Phillip Nelson.

"Terry has proven himself over the years to have a firm grasp on what is required for cities to successfully evolve and to provide the kind of leadership Dublin needs to implement council's and the community's vision for the future," Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said in a release from the city.

"Council members agreed that, during these challenging economic times, Terry's experience in central Ohio and in Dublin, partnered with his big-picture perspectives, expertise in economic development and skill in facilitating public/private development partnerships will be tremendous assets to our community's continued growth and success."

Foegler was assistant city manager and director of development in Dublin from 1990 to 1996. He also spent 12 years as president of Ohio State University's Campus Partners for Community Urban Development. During his time there, he managed the redevelopment of the south campus gateway.

During a public reception for city manager candidates held at the Dublin Community Recreation Center last Friday, Foegler talked about maintaining a balance of residential and commercial developments, and focusing on the needs of an aging population while trying to lure young workers to a more pedestrian friendly environment.

"Dublin has very good opportunities for those developments," he said.

Foegler's contract begins March 1 and includes an $180,000 base salary, $16,500 in deferred compensation and a $6,000 annual car allowance, which he will receive in monthly payments.

Council is expected to adopt the final legislation to hire Foegler at its Feb. 2 meeting.

Dublin has been searching for a new city manager since September, when Jane Brautigam left for the city manager's position in Boulder, Colo. Finance director Marsha Grigsby has been serving as interim city manager and will continue until Foegler starts in March.