Sal Talarico, who has shepherded Oberlin through a year without a city manager, might not be around long enough to help ease new hire Rob Hillard into the role.
The Oberlin finance director is one of four candidates interviewed to become Brunswick city manager.
Brunswick council president Patricia Hanek said that when finalists are selected, a second round of interviews will occur. “At this point in time, it is not possible to predict when a decision will be made,” she said.
Hillard is the longtime manager of Allegan, Mich. Oberlin city council is expected to approve a contract Monday to bring him aboard in the top executive role.
He was chosen over Talarico, who had also sought the job. A majority of council members in August wanted to hire Talarico but a five-vote super-majority necessary to make that happen never materialized.
As a result, the search was reopened for candidates.
Talrico wouldn’t say whether being passed over led him to pursue the Brunswick job or whether he’s applied for other positions.
Oberlin has been without a regular city manager since December when Eric Norenberg took the city manger job in Milford, Del. He left a year after council members signed a letter calling for his resignation.
Hired in 2000, Talarico has been doing double duty since January. Not filling the position has saved taxpayers about $82,000 through the end of this month.
Evan Goodenow can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @GoodenowNews on Twitter.