A transition committee will begin the process of choosing candidates for Hilliard's first city manager.

Hilliard City Council President Albert Iosue on Jan. 14 named Vice President Kelly McGivern and council members Pete Marsh and Andy Teater to the committee.

Iosue also tasked human-resources director Julia Baxter and new director of communications David Ball to join the committee.

Baxter must be involved in her role as human-resources director, and Ball should communicate its progress to the public, Iosue said.

Teater will serve as chairman of the committee.

The committee will meet "as necessary" to begin the process of hiring a consultant to aid in the search and interview candidates.

Members will initiate a search "but the whole council" will choose the city manager and likely participate in creating short-lists and identifying finalists, too, Teater said.

Councilman Tom Baker suggested a separate committee be named later in the year to discuss contracts after city-manager candidates are identified.

Hilliard voters in November approved a city-charter amendment, Issue 33, that replaces the strong-mayor of city government with a city manager, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Mayor Don Schonhardt is expected to complete his fourth term as mayor, which ends Dec. 31, 2019.

Although Iosue opposed the city-manager model, he said, he is confident Teater "will do a great job" leading the search, owing to his similar experience, when as a member of the Hilliard school board, he helped choose John Marschhausen as the district's superintendent.

Marchhausen was hired as superintendent in March 2013 and began serving July 1, 2013.

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