Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp has narrowed his search for a new city administrator to six candidates who were expected to be interviewed Dec. 10 by a panel of city officials.

Through a public records request, the ThisWeek Canal Winchester Times obtained the resumes of the finalists.

They are:

• Richard Giroux, former Sebring city manager

• James E. Hood, Reynoldsburg city attorney

• Benjamin J. King, Pataskala city administrator

• Brad Lutz, director of business operations and financial management, Delaware County commissioners

• Holly R. Mattei, Violet Township development director and former executive director of the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission

• Kevin Vaughn, Clinton Township administrator.

Mattei submitted her resignation Dec. 5 as Violet Township’s development director; it will take effect Dec. 20.

“I feel the six applicants meet the qualifications for the position of city administrator,” Westcamp said. “We will definitively know after the interviews. There is no exact timeline to fill the position, but I want to make sure the applicant chosen is the right fit for the city of Groveport.”

Groveport operates under a mayor-administrator-city council form of government in which the mayor is the chief executive and law enforcement officer of the municipality.

Westcamp, council members Scott Lockett and Jean Ann Hilbert, city personnel director Sue Wadley and former city administrator Marsha Hall, who retired Nov. 22, were to interview the candidates.

The job posting listed a starting annual salary of between $81,547 and $106,302.

Hall's annual base salary was $123,344. Total compensation, including benefits, was not provided. 

The city received resumes from 35 applicants prior to the Dec. 2 deadline.

Westcamp said the hope is to have a new administrator by the first of the year.

“With the holiday season approaching and individuals’ family commitments, it could be January 2020,” he said.

Hall spent eight years on the job. Before arriving in Groveport, she was the administrator for the village of Baltimore in Fairfield County from 2003 to 2012. She also served as Canal Winchester's mayor from 1993 to 2003 and was elected to Canal Winchester City Council in 1993.

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