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Administrator search

Candidate interviews scheduled next week


Pataskala's ad hoc search committee is scheduling interviews next week with six of the 17 candidates who applied for the city administrator position.

The six candidates already responded to questions mailed to them. They will be interviewed in person or via web access the week of May 26, said Pataskala City Councilman Tim Hickin, the committee chairman.

The ad hoc committee also includes City Council members Dan Hayes and Melissa Gibson.

Mayor Mike Compton said the committee is ensuring the technology is in place to interview the candidates who cannot visit the city in person.

The six candidates slated for interviews 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 the committee met May 16 and talked about how to ask the questions and established a structure for the interview sessions.

He said the committee also discussed contacting professional and provided references and completing "investigations outside that realm."

If finalists are chosen after the interviews, the committee will schedule "actual face-to-face" interviews, Hickin said.

Once the ad hoc committee has a candidate, the committee members plan to make a recommendation to 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.