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Pataskala interim city administrator

59 people submit resumes for temporary postion in 2014

A committee is expected to narrow the list of applicants to a dozen

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Pataskala received 59 applications for the interim city administrator's job, which will become open Dec. 31 when Timothy Boland's contract expires.

"Honestly, when we when put in the (job) posting that it would be a 16- to 18-month position, I was hoping we would get a dozen resumes," said Dan Hayes, Pataskala City Council president.

Hayes is co-chairman of the ad-hoc committee in charge of the search.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher, whose term ends Dec. 31, appointed the ad-hoc search committee.

Boland accepted a position as City Manager of Steubenville and is expected to begin working in that community Jan. 6.

Hayes said the committee was expected to review resumes Friday, Dec. 13, and try to narrow the field to 12 applicants.

"My vision would be to have somebody who has worked this capacity in the past and can keep the ship afloat while we decide what we're doing," Hayes said.

City Council considered forming a charter review commission in 2014 to determine whether the city administrator should remain in charge of daily operations or if the mayor should assume more control.

Incoming Mayor Mike Compton will have to form the charter review commission in 2014 and he will appoint an interim city administrator after receiving City Council approval of the candidate.

"Our first point of order is to get an interim city administrator and as soon as that subject is closed we can start the charter review," Compton said.

Butcher declined to appoint a charter commission in 2013.

He said during a City Council meeting, he would like each member of City Council to submit a candidate, which could then form the seven-member commission.

Compton said he will review the charter before determining how to form the commission.

"We'll review and obviously we want to open that to folks who would be interested in working on it or have council folks make nominations," he said.

"I want to make it open and fair."

Hayes said interviews for the interim position will likely happen in January.

He said he hopes the city will have an administrator in place by the end of January.

"I think (City Service Director Benjamin King, the city's service director) will end up serving in that role until we possibly make an appointment at the end of January," Hayes said.

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