Westerville officials have pared down the list of potential candidates for the vacant community affairs coordinator position to about 29 and expect to narrow the list again before making a final choice.

Westerville officials have pared down the list of potential candidates for the vacant community affairs coordinator position to about 29 and expect to narrow the list again before making a final choice.

Adam Maxwell, the city's director of administrative services, said 205 resumes were submitted. Of those, city officials came up with a list of 35, six of whom then withdrew from consideration.

Maxwell said the remaining candidates have been sent questionnaires that will be used to winnow the list down to 10 or 12 people. From there, the revised list of candidates will again be halved, based on interviews with city officials.

"There were a lot of people but we are really focused on getting a quality candidate on as soon as possible," Maxwell said.

The deadline for applicants to turn in the questionnaire is Feb. 27. Maxwell said it includes questions about public relations and community affairs.

He said the city wants to make an offer for the position by the end of March or beginning of April.

The new community affairs coordinator will succeed Scott McAfee, who resigned to take a similar job with New Albany.

The community affairs coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the city's Web site, coordinating efforts among the city, schools and Otterbein College, acting as the public information agent and spokesperson for the city, as well as other tasks. The salary ranges from $52,083 to $83,262.

The applicants are:

Aten Alrey, business services manager for the city of Abilene, Texas.

Thomas Ayers, former editorial director and communications coordinator for the Columbus College of Art and Design.

David Ball, public information officer for Dublin.

Michelle Ball, assistant director for Learning Week at The Ohio State University.

Steven Cawley, marketing coordinator for Corna Kokosing Construction Co.

Mark Claffey, staff writer for the Delaware Gazette.

John Cummings, manager for community adoption and foster care recruitment for the Department of Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

Christa Dickey, director of communications for the American College of Sports Medicine.

Amy Drake, senior communications coordinator at Nationwide.

Dan Frakas, former reporter and anchor, project manager for the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sherry Fisher, freelance public relations specialist and former news director for WIBC in Indianapolis.

Patricia Fodor, principal for The Write Expression.

Lisa Hackley, director of communications for Ohio State Medical Association.

Jennifer Hill, assistant director of marketing and communications for Otterbein College.

Carrie Hoover, community affairs director for Canal Winchester.

Kristie Hutchison, senior external affairs representative for FirstEnergy Corp.

David Kelly, consultant for DPK Public Relations.

Jennifer Kuschnerus, former assistant to the city manager of Centerville.

Pete Lupiba, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Education.

Jeffrey Mackey, regional field operative for Strategic Public Partners Group.

H. Joseph Meyer, editor for Suburban News Publications.

Lynn Miller, human resources assistant for Westerville.

Laura Mohr, public relations specialist for the Columbus Department of Public Utilities and Public Services.

Ashlie Molner, media consultant for Yellow Book USA.

Amanda Murphy, news assignment editor for NBC 4.

Lin Rice, staff writer for ThisWeek Community Newspapers.

Stacey Stathulis, self-employed marking and communications specialist.

Karen Stivers, director of communications for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Elizabeth Watkins, director of communications for Mount Carmel Health System.

Dcross@thisweeknews.com