The Johnstown Village Council has added a sixth candidate to the finalist pool of potential village managers.

The Johnstown Village Council has added a sixth candidate to the finalist pool of potential village managers.

Mayor Kevin Riffe said council interviewed Dan Ralley, village administrator of Cardington, last Tuesday.

"He had been our sixth person on our cut down list and a couple of council people wanted to give him a chance," Riffe said. "Nothing against the previous five, but we just wanted to check this guy out. When we did our scoring from 20 candidates, he was sixth. A few council people felt, even though they're all good candidates, no one leaped out."

Ralley, a Worthington native, has been village manager of Cardington since 2004.

He was mentioned in Extraordinary People Creating Extraordinary Communities, a profile of land use decision makers, for his efforts to create Maxwell Park on the banks of Whetstone Creek in Cardington.

Prior to serving as village manager of Cardington, he was a graduate assistant in computing and media services at Syracuse University, where he earned a master's degree in public administration in 2004.

Council expects to narrow the candidate field down to three on Tuesday.

"It could be down to four, but our goal is three," Riffe said.

The finalists will return to Johnstown for follow-up interviews.

The other five candidates being considered for the village manager job include: Nancy Benroth of Bluffton, Timothy Boland of Lewis Center, Mark Henne of Bluefield, W.Va., Larry Jones of Pickerington and Molly Roberts of Zanesville.

Finalist Benroth has worked as assistant village administrator of Bluffton since 1997. She has 23 years of experience in local government with 12 years in budgetary accounting and 11 years as assistant village administrator. She worked as budgetary/payroll/personnel clerk for the village of Ottawa from 1985 to 1997.

Boland has worked as the city administrator of Pataskala since 2007. He previously served as economic development director for Delaware County from 1999 to 2007. He also worked as planning and zoning administrator for the city of Perrysburg in northwest Ohio from 1992 to 1999.

Henne most recently served as city manager of Bluefield, W.Va., where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of municipal government. Prior to the city manager position he began in 2003, he worked as town manager of Narrows, Va. for five years. Henne also worked as town manager of Rocky Mount, Va. from 1989 to 1997.

Jones has 20 years of experience in finance, marketing, sales and management. While finishing an MPA program at Ohio University, he worked the past six months as a volunteer intern with the city of Pickerington. Prior to entering the MPA program, he worked 20 years in the private sector, including a position as director of sales and marketing for the Mead Corporation.

Roberts has worked for the village of Granville for more than 20 years in various positions. She's the current assistant village manager/finance director, a job that includes overseeing municipal finance, management, public service, utility operations and public relations for the village of Granville.

Riffe anticipates the new manager will begin work in April or May.

Former village manager Sarah Phillips left in December to become city manager of Rolling Meadows, Ill.