Upper Arlington News

No timeline for filling post

Assistant city manager search down to five


The pool of candidates to be Upper Arlington's next assistant city manager has been cut in half, leaving five hopefuls still in contention.

A selection committee of Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton, City Attorney Jeanine Hummer, Police Chief Brian Quinn, Fire Chief Jeff Young and representatives of the city's human resources division and clerk's and finance offices was expected to interview finalists for the post on Wednesday, May 7, after ThisWeek's press deadline.

Those slated for face-to-face interviews are:

Dustin Anderson, special projects manager for Greenwich, Conn.

Robert Bruner, city manager for Birmingham, Mich.

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

Dan Ralley, city manager for Petoskey, Mich.

Emma Speight, Upper Arlington's community affairs director.

The five were selected to go through interviews after the search committee reviewed pre-recorded webcam videos from 10 candidates who were asked a series of questions related to the position.

The assistant city manager's post has been vacant since Joe Valentino resigned at the end of 2013.

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, according to Upper Arlington human resources officials.

Last week, Upper Arlington Human Resources Manager Chris Brady said neither the committee nor Staton, who ultimately will hire the new assistant manager, had set a deadline for filling the vacancy.

"We hope to have someone in the position soon," Brady said. "Again, this depends on identifying a suitable candidate and working with the candidate on a start date."

Upper Arlington opened the assistant city manager search in February.

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