Mayor Mike Seferian has chosen Michael Beazley, currently the administrator of Lucas County, as Oregon’s city administrator.
Seferian called a special council meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday to announce his choice. Council is expected to approve the appointment.
Candidates interested in the position submitted 60 resumes to the city by the Dec. 15 deadline, though Beazley did not submit one.
Seferian, an independent, said he had his eye on Beazley, a Democrat, since former city administrator Ken Filipiak left last November.
“Mike Beazley has never applied for a job since his career started. People have always come after him,” said Seferian, who met with Beazley, 55, twice at his home in the last several weeks to discuss the position.
“When I first had him here at my house, I could see a gleam in his eye, like excitement,” added Seferian. “He reminds me of a young, eager person fresh out of college, willing to take on anything with enthusiasm. He is very bright. He’s got not only experience, but connections throughout the county, to Columbus, and even to the White House. He’s a class act. He’s the real deal. He’s too good to be true.”
Beazley also appealed to Seferian because he has a law degree.
“He has worked as a law director for Toledo early in his career,” said Seferian. “He always provided the ability to have on staff legal counsel wherever he worked. I actually see a savings by bringing him to the position because our law director, Paul Goldberg, is under contract for a certain amount to go to council meetings. But above and beyond that, he’s at an hourly rate. So Beazley will be able to do some of the legal work our law director had been doing at $130 per hour. He will really bring another aspect to the table as city administrator.”
Beazley’s annual salary as administrator will be $120,000, said Seferian. His annual salary as Lucas County administrator is $105,000.
Beazley, who lives in Toledo, will also get a $10,000 moving allowance if he decides to live in Oregon, which is not required.
Beazley will also get a city contribution toward a retirement benefit, which other city employees receive.
Filipiak was paid an annual salary of $103,000. Filipiak also received a separation agreement in which he would get paid half a year’s salary if he was fired, but Beazley rejected such a provision, said Seferian.
“He said he wouldn’t take anything like that. He doesn’t want one. If it doesn’t work out, he said he will just leave,” said Seferian.
He also does not want the $5,000 vehicle allowance that Filipiak had, said Seferian.
Beazley told The Press Wednesday evening that he agreed to take the administrator’s job in Oregon because Seferian made it “sound attractive.”
“I think the energy and excitement that the mayor has about the community and its future just made it sound attractive. It’s something I really hadn’t thought about until the mayor called. I hadn’t even considered it. When he called and we met a couple times, I got excited about both the present and future of Oregon. It’s something I look forward to, taking on the challenge. I like dealing with local government and serving the public. The taxpayers are looking for value for their taxes, to make sure their government can meet their basic service needs. I like being part of that process.”
Beazley said that he informed county commissioners last year that he would be moving on this year.
“I let them know last year that when we got through with the preparation of the 2010 budget, and construction of the new Lucas County arena, I’d get ready to go,” said Beazley.
“I spoke to all three commissioners that I had said `yes’ to Mayor Seferian to be Oregon administrator, that we were working up a timeline, and that any announcement would come from the City of Oregon,” said Beazley.
Seferian said he expects Beazley to start in Oregon within the first two weeks of March.
Public Service Director Paul Roman has been acting administrator since Filipiak resigned to take a job as city manager in Mentor, Ohio soon after Seferian won the mayor’s race last November.