Oberlin city manager could be chosen Thursday from pool of six finalists


By Evan Goodenow - egoodenow@civitasmedia.com



CITY MANAGER RECEPTION

City manager candidate finalists will meet with the public from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Oberlin Public Library.

At a reception in August, participants were asked to submit written statements about which candidate they supported. However, Oberlin city council president Ron Rimbert said public input won’t be sought this time. He said finalists will be given a few minutes to discuss why they want to be city manager and then meet informally with residents.

A new city manager could be named soon.

Oberlin city council members plan to interview five candidates in private next Tuesday and Wednesday. Finalists will meet with the public Thursday.

Finance director and interim city manager Sal Talarico is still a candidate but won’t take part in the interviews or public meeting.

He interviewed and participated in a public meeting in August but council couldn’t decide between him and Lowell Crow, city administrator of Monmouth, Ill. Crow dropped out and the search reopened.

Sources said council members Scott Broadwell, Ron Rimbert, Kelley Singleton, and Sharon Soucy supported Talarico. Council members Bryan Burgess, Sharon Pearson, and Linda Slocum wanted Crow.

Oberlin’s charter requires a 5-2 majority on city manager approval.

Rimbert said he’s hopeful a decision will be made after the public meeting Thursday. “In a perfect world that would happen, but who knows?” he said.

The outside candidates are:

• Paul Brake, former city manager of Grand Blanc, Mich., from 2011 to 2015. Grand Blanc, population 8,000, is about 45 miles north of Detroit.

• Anthony Carson Jr., Painesville city manager from 2013 until earlier this year. Painesville, population 20,000, is about 70 miles northeast of Oberlin.

• Jack Haney, Newton Falls city manager. Newton Falls, population 4,700, is about 80 miles east of Oberlin.

• Monica Irelan, Napoleon city manager. Napoleon, population 8,700, is about 120 miles west of Oberlin.

• Tyson Ross, Dalton, Ga., city administrator. Dalton, population 34,000, is about 80 miles north of Atlanta.

Oberlin has lacked a regular city manager since Eric Norenberg took the city manager job in Milford, Del., in December (Talarico has served as both interim manager and finance director).

Norenberg, hired in 2007, earned $115,762 annually. He left less than a year after being asked to resign in a letter signed by a majority of council members.

Evan Goodenow can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @GoodenowNews on Twitter.

By Evan Goodenow

egoodenow@civitasmedia.com

CITY MANAGER RECEPTION

City manager candidate finalists will meet with the public from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Oberlin Public Library.

At a reception in August, participants were asked to submit written statements about which candidate they supported. However, Oberlin city council president Ron Rimbert said public input won’t be sought this time. He said finalists will be given a few minutes to discuss why they want to be city manager and then meet informally with residents.