Upper Arlington officials have settled on a "final candidate" to take over for retiring city manager Virginia Barney.

Upper Arlington officials have settled on a "final candidate" to take over for retiring city manager Virginia Barney.

Following a two-hour executive session meeting of city council on June 29, council members announced that Theodore Staton has been singled out as the final candidate for the position.

Staton is the current city manager of East Lansing, Mich., a position he has held since 1995. He also served as the assistant city manager of Dayton from 1989-1995, and before that as Dayton's office of management and budget director.

Council members said that as Staton submitted his resume late in the city manager search, they will now begin their due diligence, checking into his background, along with deciding on the details of the contract Upper Arlington will offer him pending that check.

The search committee hopes to present their choice to the full council on July 11 for consideration.

For more on this story, read the July 7 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington.