11 firms want to help find next Oberlin manager

By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

Eleven firms have applied to help Oberlin city council in its search for a new city manager.

Each company had to file a proposal with clerk of council Belinda Anderson by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

Council is expected to narrow down the list to four executive search firms to help spearhead the quest of finding candidates to replace former city manager Eric Norenberg, who accepted a new position in Milford, Del.

A subcommmittee consisting of council vice president Linda Slocum, councilman Bryan Burgess, and councilman Kelley Singleton was selected Tuesday to review each proposal and then make a recommendation to council of the top four firms to evaluate no later than Feb. 15.

Council president Ronnie Rimbert said his colleagues are pleased with the number of applicants Oberlin received.

“We thought 11 might be a little too much for seven people to try to navigate through so we wanted to put it to a committee and hopefully they will bring us four. And if we get one out of that, we will be satisfied,” he said. “If not, we will go back to the board. That is the process it’s going to work through.”

Council received proposals from:

• Management Partners of Cincinnati

• The Novak Consulting Group of Cincinnati

• Edgewood Solutions of Ravenna

• Ralph Anderson and Associates of California

• Strategic Government Resources of Texas

• Waters & Company Executive Recruitment of Texas

• GovHR USA of Illinois

• David Gomez & Associates of Illinois

• The Mercer Group of Georgia

• Slavin Management Consultants of Georgia

• S. Renee Narioch & Associates of Florida

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

By Valerie Urbanik