What qualifications, aspirations, priorities, and management styles do you want to see in the next Oberlin city manager?
That was the question when the Oberlin Business Partnership met in February.
Residents, business owners, and non-profit heads were asked to jot their thoughts on what type of experience, leadership, management styles, and priorities the perfect candidate should bring to the table.
“We’ve been asked by a lot of our members to discuss some of the qualities that would be important in the selection of the new city manager,” said OBP board president Larry Funk.
The goal is to pass the group’s ideas on to city council, which has recently selected GovHR to lead a nationwide search for a new Oberlin manager.
Opinions piled up quickly.
The consensus: The OBP wants a city manager who leads by example, is collaborative, open to new ideas, and who has strong expertise.
Its members want someone who has a wealth of experience managing a city the same size as Oberlin with a diverse population. The perfect candidate needs a strong background in finance.
Progress on sustainability, economic development, and fiscal management are the recommended top three priorities of the city’s next leader.
The OBP wants public meetings with question-and-answer sessions with the top candidates. It also wants meetings for businesses and community groups to interview finalists, as well as public education on the role and responsibilities of a city manager.
The partnership plans to pen a letter to council and present it at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at city hall, said director Janet Haar.
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Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Business owners and residents list ideas about what qualifications and priorities the next Oberlin city manager should have.