The city of Northwood received 40 resumes from people interested in the administrator position, which has been vacant since former Administrator Dennis Recker resigned last month.
The city set a deadline of June 15 to accept resumes for the post.
“Most of the resumes are from the area,” Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press on Wednesday. He has not gone through all of the resumes, he added.
“There is one from Alaska, one from Wisconsin and one from North Carolina,” he said of those not from the area. “I’m still in the process of going through them. It takes a while to review 40.”
Stoner said he will likely narrow down the number of candidates to six and get feedback from council before he appoints a new administrator.
“One way or another, I will ask council what they think. Once we narrow it down, we will interview those candidates. Then I will probably narrow it down to two candidates, and probably me and the president of council will interview them again,” said Stoner.
Recker resigned abruptly last month after just 19 months on the job and following a falling out with former council clerk Lynn Goertz, whom he put on administrative leave on May 4. He resigned on May 14, the same day Goertz had had a hearing with Stoner. Goertz, who was with the city for nearly 25 years, retired and did not come back to her job. Goertz had told The Press that she did not know why Recker quit, but she believed he did not have much support in the city.
Recker was the administrator in the Village of Whitehouse before he accepted the administrator position in Northwood. He was elected to the Whitehouse Village Council last fall, but said at the time it would not interfere with his job as administrator.
Stoner said Recker’s time of employment in Northwood was about average for administrators.
“They’re usually in the position for about two years before they resign,” said Stoner. “A lot of times, they go onto a bigger place. Maybe they come to Northwood for more experience, then move on.”
Currently, Police Chief Tom Cairl is acting administrator. Stoner said Cairl is not among the applicants for the position.
“He’s not interested. He likes being the chief. Thank goodness he stepped up for me. I know it’s not what he wants to do. So I will try and be as quick as I can,” said Stoner.