The Grandview Heights School Board Friday approved hiring Brett A. Bradley as the district's director of services and facilities.

The Grandview Heights School Board Friday approved hiring Brett A. Bradley as the district's director of services and facilities.

Bradley, who will begin his new job on Monday, will be paid an annual salary of $65,000.

He served the past 11 years as senior operations manager for the Longaberger Company and before that worked nine years as maintenance manager at Bucyrus International.

"I'm excited to welcome Brett to our staff," Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said in an interview. "He'll be a great addition to our team."

The director of district services and facilities position has remained mostly vacant since Jeff Lamb resigned Nov. 30 to accept a job in New Hampshire.

The district originally hired Fred Myers, one of two finalists for the position, who worked five days in Grandview before resigning Jan. 11 because he decided the job was not a good fit for him.

The other finalist, Paul Matthews, was then offered the job, which he accepted, before withdrawing his name after he was invited to interview for a facilities position at Tulane University.

After Matthews' withdrew his name, a committee reviewed the 20 or so applicants O'Reilly interviewed in December from among the more than 40 applicants who submitted resumes.

Three finalists were interviewed by a committee comprised of a building administrator, the assistant treasurer, a school board member, a teacher, a member of the district's maintenance staff and a community member who is a member of the district's facilities committee, O'Reilly said.

The committee agreed Bradley was the best candidate, he said.

"You start with the level of experience he brings to the position, more than 20 years working in facilities management," O'Reilly said. "All of the things we heard about him were confirmed when we talked to the people who worked with him.

"Some of the comments we kept hearing were 'exceptional in facilities management,' 'problem solver,' 'a great listener' and 'leader,'" he said.

Since Lamb's exit, O'Reilly and long-time maintenance worker Butch Biagini have been addressing the day-to-day responsibilities of the services and facilities director position.