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Pataskala to move forward with administrator search

Committee wants to post recruitment profile, have list of candidates in April

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Pataskala's ad hoc committee formed to search for an administrator met March 12 to create a draft recruitment profile.

Committee Chairman and Pataskala City Councilman Tim Hickin told City Council Monday, March 17, the position should be posted for 21 days and will be posted as soon as the profile is finalized.

The draft recruitment profile, prepared by Finance Director James Nicholson with input from the committee, requires a "four-year degree in public administration, political science, business management or a closely related field" and the committee prefers candidates have a master's degree in public administration or a related field and a minimum of five years' experience in "municipal government operations."

The draft profile lists the salary as between $80,000 and $110,000, with the potential for residency incentives if the person moves to the city.

Committee member and Pataskala City Council President Dan Hayes said the committee members believe the city should use a salary range and negotiate residency incentives after choosing a candidate.

Applications are to be sent to Nicholson in care of the city, 621 W. Broad St., Pataskala, Ohio, 43062.

Committee member and Pataskala City Councilwoman Melissa Gibson said the committee wants to find someone soon, but is not rushing the process.

The city's utilities director, Nathan Coey, is serving as acting city administrator in the interim.

In other Pataskala City Council business:

* Council agreed in a unanimous vote to hire Youngquist Lawn Care to mow city-owned property.

Coey said the city had budgeted $40,000 in 2014 to hire two seasonal workers to mow city property. He said the contract with Youngquist is for $20,400.

* Council voted 6-1 with Mike Fox dissenting to waive the three readings of an ordinance making supplemental appropriations to the 2014 budget.

The supplemental appropriations ordinance, which was approved unanimously, removes $150,000 from construction of a Pataskala Municipal Park parking lot and $220,000 from the Broad Street sidewalk project and moves the $370,000 total into the street fund to allow the city to complete repairs and pave the rest of the streets in the Brightwaters subdivision.

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