The original list of 46 applicants for Upper Arlington's city manager position has been narrowed down.

The original list of 46 applicants for Upper Arlington's city manager position has been narrowed down.

While some city council members told ThisWeek that there were three finalists for the job, a Freedom of Information Act request to the city resulted in a list of eight resumes.

When asked which candidates were the three finalists, council president Frank Ciotola and other council members said they could not comment, as that discussion took place in executive session.

City attorney Jeanine Hummer said her office did not have that information.

One internal candidate, assistant city manager Joe Valentino, made the short list.

Whoever is chosen will succeed city manager Virginia Barney, who will retire at the end of this year.

The list of finalists and semi-finalists obtained by ThisWeek included the following applicants:

Richard M. Brown, city manager of East Providence, R.I., from 2006-2010. Brown has also served as city manager and assistant city manager of Petersburg, Va., and as an administrative analyst for the city of Birmingham, Ala. Brown earned an MPA from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Kevin Carruth, city manager of Paris, Texas, from 2007-2011. Carruth has also served as city manager to the cities of Brownwood, Hillsboro and Daingerfield, all in Texas, and as emergency management coordinator for the Harris County Housing and Community Development Agency in Houston. Carruth earned an MPA from the University of Houston, as well as a bachelors degree from Texas Tech University.

Jillian Froment, assistant director and chief administrative officer of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Froment served as the city administrator of Marysville from 2008-2011, as executive director of Ohio's eTech Ohio Commission, and as general counsel and assistant deputy director for Ohio's office of collective bargaining. Froment earned a juris doctorate from the Capital University Law School, and a bachelors degree from Ohio State University.

Richard Giroux, city manager of Wauchula, Fla., from 2005-2011. Giroux has also worked as director of public service for Green, Ohio, as well as director of public safety and service of Cambridge. Giroux earned an MPA from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree from Ohio University.

Gary Huff, town manager of Fishers, Ind., from 2005-2011. Huff also served as town manager of Blacksburg, Va., as deputy town manager of Leesburg, Va. and held several municipal positions in Roanoke County, Va. Huff earned a master's degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor's degree from Marshall University.

Jason Slowinski, assistant city manager of Des Plaines, Ill. Slowinski has served as assistant village administrator of River Forest, Ill., and worked in the planning departments of Alexandria, Va., and Shorewood, Wisc. Slowinski earned a juris doctorate from the John Marshall Law School, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Theodore Staton, city manager of East Lansing, Mich., from 1995-present. Staton has also served as assistant city manager of Dayton, as well as that city's office management and budget director and public works director. He has taught at Wright State University as an adjunct professor of political science and urban affairs. Staton earned master's and bachelor's degrees from Wright State University.

Joseph Valentino, assistant city manager of Upper Arlington from 2005-present. Valentino has also served as Upper Arlington's director of parks and recreation, and as a youth minister for the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. Valentino earned an MBA from Ohio Dominican University, and a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University.

Forty-six candidates originally submitted applications for the position to California-based Ralph Andersen and Associates, which was hired to conduct the search by city council in March at a cost of $19,000. The consultant narrowed that list to seven candidates for council's consideration, and council members interviewed six candidates in executive session at a June 9 special meeting at First Community Village.

Ciotola has said council has not yet decided on a date when they will select the final candidate.