Dublin Villager

Council hires firm to help with manager search

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The search for a new Dublin city manager is on.

Dublin City Council this week announced Ralph Andersen & Associates as the search firm to assist in its quest to find a new city manager.

Current City Manager Marsha Grigsby recently announced plans to retire Jan. 30, 2015.

Grigsby has been with the city for 25 years and has been city manager since 2010.

"It's extremely difficult to think about when is the right time," Grigsby told the Dublin Villager last month.

"There are things I wanted to do, finish and be involved in."

Dublin City Council interviewed search firms last week before deciding upon the northern California-based Ralph Andersen & Associates.

"The project director for this engagement is president (and) CEO Heather Renschler, a native of northwest Ohio," Councilman Richard Gerber said during the Aug. 11 council meeting.

"Ms. Renschler previously conducted the city manager search for Upper Arlington in 2011," Gerber said.

"The firm also completed the search for the city manager of Cincinnati this past week."

Renschler has been meeting individually with council members to work on qualities needed by the next Dublin city manager.

"City Council has begun the process to develop the characteristics and attributes desired in the new city manager," Gerber said.

"This information and supporting documentation will be available online for interested individuals as well as the public as developed."

Although a timeline for finding the next city manager has yet to be announced, Ralph Andersen & Associates plans to solicit for possible candidates through October.

Interviews could come as soon as November with a choice for the next city manager possibly made as soon as the end of the year, information from the city said.

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