Upper Arlington News

Number of applicants for assistant city manger job narrowed to 10


Upper Arlington officials recently narrowed a pool of more than 100 applicants to 10 in a search for a new assistant city manager.

Possibly as soon as next week, five to seven finalists will be identified for the post.

Currently, a selection committee of City Manager Ted Staton, City Attorney Jeanine Hummer, UA Human Resources Manager Chris Brady, Police Chief Brian Quinn and Fire Chief Jeff Young is reviewing pre-recorded webcam videos from the 10 candidates, who were asked to answer a series of questions related to the position.

The assistant city manager's post became vacant after Joe Valentino resigned at the end of 2013.

Those 10 still in the running are:

* Dustin Anderson, special projects manager for Greenwich, Conn.

* Anthony Bales, former city manager for Hudson, Ohio.

* Brandi Braun, deputy chief of state for the Ohio Department of Commerce.

* Robert Bruner, city manager for Birmingham, Mich.

* Cathy Davison, financial director for Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville, Ohio.

* Dylan Feik, assistant city manager for Knoxville, Iowa.

* Dan Ralley, city manager for Petoskey, Mich.

* Jason Slowinski, village manager for Lake Zurich, Ill.

* Emma Speight, Upper Arlington's community affairs director.

* Astrida Trupovnieks, senior manager for Ocala, Fla.

"The candidates will be chosen from this group of 10," Brady said.

He said the search for a new assistant manager formally began in February.

Valentino, whose annual salary was $115,140 at the time of his departure, left the city to become executive director of ministries for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church.

"Mr. Valentino resigned by mutual agreement," Brady said. "Through discussions with the city manager, the two concluded that the needs of the city manager's office and the organization were changing and that it would be in Mr. Valentino's and the city's best interests for him to pursue another career path."

The advertised annual salary for the new assistant city manager is $88,036 to $123,250, plus the same benefits package offered to other city administrators.

While Brady said city officials hoped to select finalists for the post in the first week of May, that schedule is subject to change.

He said he was unsure when the position would be filled.

"That will depend on how long it takes to identify a suitable candidate, reach agreement on terms of employment and subject to the availability of the candidate and any obligations he or she may have to any current employer," Brady said.