Pataskala City Administrator Timothy Boland has accepted an offer to become the city manager of Steubenville, city officials learned Nov. 26.
Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci Jr. said Steubenville City Council was expected to meet Nov. 26 to discuss the contract.
Mucci said Steubenville council members are expected to vote on the contract Dec. 3.
Pataskala City Council in October declined to renew Boland's contract.
Boland was hired by Pataskala in 2006 and started his job in January 2007. He earned $107,195.92 annually, plus benefits, according to city finance records.
"I think he'll do well in spite of the fact his contract was not renewed in Pataskala," said Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher. "Tim made a huge difference in the community, including the Job Ready Site, which clearly has his fingerprints all over it, and there are not too many government agencies that can say their insurance costs did not increase by double digits."
Butcher said in Boland's seven years with Pataskala, he recalled the highest annual insurance increase as 3 percent.
Mucci said Boland was chosen from more than 30 applicants.
Mucci has served as Steubenville's city manager since May, when he said Steubenville City Council and the former city manager decided to part ways.
Mucci said Steubenville City Council is considering signing a three-year contract with Boland.
Mucci said Boland's starting salary would be $90,000. He would start Jan. 6.
ThisWeek was unable to reach Boland for comment.