A special commission organized to find a new director for Reynoldsburg's parks and recreation director has narrowed the list of applicants down to four finalists.

A special commission organized to find a new director for Reynoldsburg's parks and recreation director has narrowed the list of applicants down to four finalists.

They are:

Jeffrey Barr of Plantation, Fla., a parks manager with the city of Lauderdale Lakes.

Shannon L. Chaney of Groveport, lifelong learning and leisure director with the city of Upper Arlington's parks and recreation department.

Mike Musser of Gahanna, a recreation superintendent in Gahanna's department of parks and recreation.

Jason Shamblin of Worthington, recreation superintendent for the Grove City Parks and Recreation department.

The four were among 62 applicants seeking the Reynoldsburg post. The original list was narrowed to 10 three weeks ago.

Members of the five-member commission are Ryan Kelly, Rob Amiet, former parks and recreation director Paul Walsh, Reynoldsburg Senior Center member Dotty Bomgardener and school board President Cheryl Max. They completed their interviews with each finalist last week.

Amiet, who was asked by Mayor Brad McCloud to coordinate the commission's meetings, said the group planned to meet in executive session Wednesday, after ThisWeek's press deadline. He said it's possible they could make a recommendation to McCloud as early as Thursday.

If that occurs, and if he agrees with the recommendation, McCloud said he might seek council approval as early as Monday.

Amiet said commission members spent two days interviewing the final four candidates. Barr and Chaney were interviewed on April 23 and Musser and Shamblin were interviewed on April 24.

He said each interview ran approximately 90 minutes.

"Ideally, after we think about each candidate, one will pop out," Amiet said. "If not, we'll have to review them again and there is always a possibility that we could go back and interview another round of people

"Hopefully, one jumps off of the page and the process is over -- but I'm realistic enough to know that we may have to do this again," he said.

"We're trying to keep an open mind and be objective so that we can get the city the absolute best candidate," he said.

Once the commission makes a recommendation, McCloud will then decide to accept it. If he does accept the recommendation, he will ask Reynoldsburg City Council for its approval.

McCloud said the salary range for the parks and recreation director position is between $51,135 and $73,742 annually.