Upper Arlington City Council is expected to authorize the hiring of a consultant firm Monday, March 4, to assist city leaders with the recruitment and selection of a new city manager.

Council will hold a special meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center.

Among items on the agenda is the consideration of an ordinance to authorize council President Kip Greenhill to enter into a contract “for professional services in the recruitment and placement of a new city manager.”

In February, Greenhill said council would hire a consultant to assist with the search for a full-time city manager to replace Ted Staton, who retired Jan. 31 and died Feb. 12 while battling esophageal cancer.

Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley has served as interim city manager since Feb. 1. He has said he plans to apply for the job to succeed Staton.

The ordinance council will consider March 4 doesn’t state what firm will be selected, or the cost of the contract. That information is expected to be provided when the contract is approved.