Gahanna has two finalists for the position of city administrator, which has been vacant since Jennifer Teal resigned Dec. 31, 2017.

Gary Burkholder, city manager of Brookville, and Benjamin J. King, city administrator of Pataskala, were scheduled to be interviewed April 3, said Niel Jurist, Gahanna's public-information manager.

Gahanna has posted the position as open until it is filled, with applications received by Feb. 16 receiving first consideration.

"The city administrator serves as the operational head of the city and plans, organizes, directs and monitors strategic, citywide and cross-functional projects," said Abby Cochran, Gahanna human-resources director. "We are committed to dedicating appropriate time to ensure that we find the best-qualified candidate to assist the city in moving us into the future."

Burkholder, an Etna resident, has worked as city manager of Brookville since July 2015, managing a $16 million budget for 2017 and an $11 million budget in 2018.

Brookville has a population of 5,289, according to the 2000 census.

Burkholder's prior experience includes working as village administrator of Hartford from July 2011 to July 2015.

He served as a trustee of the Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District from 2011-14, and was an Etna Township trustee from 2004-07.

Burkholder has a master's degree in sociology and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University.

King, a Bexley resident, has worked as city administrator of Pataskala since 2014.

The city is home to about 16,000 residents, and has a 2018 total operation and capital improvements budget of about $23 million.

King was director of public services for Pataskala from September 2007 to 2014.

He worked as development coordinator in New Albany from January 2006 to September 2007, and as New Albany building clerk from January 2003 to December 2005.

King has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University.

The Gahanna city administrator's job description notes Gahanna has a population of nearly 36,000, and has a $72.2 million annual budget.

The city employs 150 full-time and 60 part-time staffers.

The description also says the successful candidate will be a demonstrated leader and a forward-thinking individual who possesses broad knowledge and experience in public administration.

The candidate also must be skilled at building partnerships with government, education, business and nonprofit organizations to achieve city goals.

"The successful candidate will join the leadership team committed to providing excellent services to our customers, the businesses and residents of the Gahanna community," states the summary for the position.

The city administrator serves at the will of the mayor as the operational head of the city.

The salary range is $102,829 to $143,961, with a starting salary within the minimum $102,829 and the midpoint $123,395.

Teal, who began her career with the city in 2009 as the deputy finance director, said she was resigning to pursue other interests.

She served as interim finance director after the departure of the previous director, Angel Mumma.

Teal was named finance director in 2012 and assistant city administrator-finance director in 2014.

Mayor Tom Kneeland promoted her to city administrator in 2016.

Under Kneeland's leadership, Teal helped implement a number of citywide initiatives, including the GoForward Gahanna strategic plan.

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