Mayor Mark Stoner and City Council this month interviewed three candidates for administrator.
The city received 40 resumes for the position, which has been vacant since May when former city administrator Dennis Recker abruptly resigned after just 19 months on the job.
Stoner picked three candidates from the list of resumes after he had asked council members to review and score them from 1-10.
The three finalists were Robert A. Schaumleffel, Jr., who was a town manager of Red Springs, North Carolina, Joshua M. Eggleston, rural development specialist with the WSOS Community Action Commission in Fremont, and Robert Anderson, city administrator, East Jordan, Michigan, and former administrator of Springfield Township.
“I let council ask them questions, and I observed,” said Stoner. Some questions touched on economic development and experience in administration.
“They were asked just basic, standard, questions, such as `Where do you want to be in three to five years?’ Most were open ended questions, which gave them a chance to go on about themselves,” said Stoner. “One guy said if he was hired, he wanted to be out in the community - that it is a vital function of an administrator.”
Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is chairman of the economic development committee, asked the candidates about what their role would be in improving the city’s economy.
“Economic development is priority one,” said Gallaher. “We have department heads in charge of police, fire and finances in the city. We do not have anyone in charge of economic development. In the past, the administrator has been a huge part of economic development. I asked the candidates, based on their knowledge of the city, what’s our biggest selling point or what could we do to improve our position?”
Stoner will make a recommendation to council on one of the three for the position within the next two weeks, he said.
Police Chief Tom Cairl has been acting city administrator since Recker left. Stoner said he is in no hurry to pick an administrator because Cairl is doing such a good job.
“Personally, there’s no rush. Chief Cairl is doing a fantastic job in that position. There have been things that needed to be taken care of, and Tom just grabbed the bull by the horns and took the lead,” said Stoner. “Things are generally slower in the summer. We may not get an administrator until the end of August. I want to talk to council to get their input.”