Council in Talks With Manager Candidate

Steubenville City Council and the community may learn today if the search for a new city manager has been successful.

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said Tuesday night that council still is negotiating with the candidate who was offered the city manager’s job 10 days ago.

The candidate was one of three people who met with council members and the citizens’ review committee Nov. 9.

Council offered the position that afternoon to a man who said he needed several days to consider the job.

Metcalf indicated the contract negotiations started this week, “and we hope to hear something by (today).”

Council met in executive session for nearly an hour Tuesday night to discuss the latest developments in the search.

This is the second attempt by council members to fill the position since former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned in May. The first round of the search process failed after the final candidate turned down the Steubenville job for a city manager’s position in Grand Junction, Kan.

A second finalist from the first search told council members he was dropping out of the running to accept a city manager’s job in Portsmouth, Ohio. The second-round search saw 34 people apply for the job.

According to the city charter, “Once the applicant is chosen, the said applicant must be on the job within 30 days from the date he or she is hired.”

Under the terms of the charter, Mayor Domenick Mucci will continue serving as acting city manager until someone is hired for the position.