Pataskala's ad-hoc search committee decided April 23 to send interview questions to six of the 17 candidates who applied for the city administrator position.
The ad-hoc committee includes City Council members Tim Hickin, Dan Hayes and Melissa Gibson.
Hickin, the committee chairman, said the initial six candidates were chosen based on a scoring rubric developed with information from the recruitment profile.
Hickin said the committee decided to send them interview questions because many of the questions will require lengthy answers.
The six candidates being interviewed are:
* Donna Dettling of Gregory, Mich., manager of the village of Dexter.
* Richard Giroux of Sebring, city manager of Sebring.
* Steven Golnar of Loveland, city manager of the city of Rawlins, Wyo., through April 2013.
* Alan Lanning of Steamboat Springs, Colo., city manager for Central City.
* Dennis Recker of Whitehouse, a council member for the village of Whitehouse.
* Robert Schaumleffel of Westerville, town manager for Red Springs, N.C., through April 2012.
Hickin said once the committee receives the candidates' answers, it will decide whether to proceed with in-person, phone or computer interviews.
Hickin said the city cannot afford to pay candidates for travel expenses so officials might use Skype or another option to interview candidates who cannot come to Pataskala.
He said the committee would not make a recommendation on a candidate without a face-to-face interview.
Hickin said the committee could consider interviewing other applicants.
"I would like to stress that this is our initial screening and no applicants have been excluded from consideration yet," Hickin said.
Once they have a candidate, the ad-hoc committee members plan to make a recommendation to Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton, who will hire the administrator.
The job posting lists the salary from $80,000 to $110,000, with the potential for residency incentives if the candidate moves to the city.
Pataskala's utilities director, Nathan Coey, has been acting city administrator since Timothy Boland left in December. City Council had declined to renew Boland's contract.