Northwood is advertising for a new city administrator to replace current administrator Pat Bacon, who is retiring in October.
Mayor Mark Stoner said the city has placed an ad in the Ohio Municipal League publication for the administrator position. “We already received six resumes,” he said.
Candidates have until Aug. 14 to submit resumes to the city, he added.
After the deadline, city council will narrow the field to seven candidates to be interviewed, said Stoner.
“What’s happened in the past is that council chooses the final three, then leaves it up to me to make the final choice,” he said.
Bacon is retiring after 30 years of public service.
She has held the administrator’s position for nearly 10 years. She was administrative coordinator for the previous administrator, Chuck Curtis, before she was picked for the position.
Council had passed a motion at a special meeting last month to authorize advertising for the position.
The administrator is under general direction of the mayor and serves as chief administrative officer of the city.
Qualifications for the job include the completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent executive and administrative qualifications in public and/or financial administration or closely related field and a minimum of five years of administrative or supervisory experience in medium or large sized public or private sector agency or department; or comparable combination of education, public administration, supervision, budgeting and financial planning, tax collection, purchasing and economic development techniques. The administrator must be a resident of the city within one year of appointment.
Bacon said she plans to help the new administrator get settled a month before she retires.
“If it’s someone who is not from this immediate area, then it’s a matter of them having to learn about the community, the city operations, and the employees. I think it takes a year before you feel you have a handle on things. Even in that year’s time, there’s so much that is new,” she said.
The new administrator will have to deal with serious financial issues facing the city, like many communities across the country mired in an economic recession. Northwood in the last two years has cut personnel and spending because of a drop in income tax revenues. Last month, council approved an ordinance to place a proposed .25 percent income tax hike on the November ballot that would provide funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses of the city within the general fund.
Northwood’s income tax rate is currently 1.5 percent. The new tax rate would be 1.75 percent.
The city employs approximately 88 full and part-time employees, and has a $7 million budget.