Several Apply For Finance Director

Wheeling has received resumes from more than 30 people interested in the city’s soon-to-be-vacant finance director position, according to City Manager Robert Herron.

Tuesday’s City Council meeting was Finance Director Michael Klug’s last. He will retire at the end of the month after 12 years with the city.

The deadline for applications has passed and Herron said he is in the process of reviewing the candidates with Human Resources Director Leslie Waechter, with a goal of narrowing the pool down to a few they will recommend to City Council. He added, however, the appointment is council’s responsibility and they could interview every applicant if they chose to do so.

Herron said he’d like to see council make an appointment in the next 30 days, but he said it could take a little longer to get the eventual hire on the job because all applicants are currently employed elsewhere.

Assistant Finance Director Jill Willey will serve as interim director after Aug. 31.

According to Herron, the pool of applicants is a mix of local individuals and some from out of the area.

Both Herron and Vice Mayor Eugene Fahey, who chairs council’s Finance Committee, congratulated Klug on his impending retirement during Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’s truly been a pleasure. … Mike is very honest, conscientious and easy to work with,” Herron said.

In other business, council faced a light agenda for a meeting that lasted only about 10 minutes.

Herron recognized Assistant Fire Chief Ed Geisel with a plaque for 35 years of service to the city.

Council also unanimously approved a pair of spending items: $104,545 in sales tax revenue for a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine at WesBanco Arena, and a contract with Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal of Wheeling to replace a roof at the Water Pollution Control Divisions’ secondary control/electrical center, at a cost of $17,930.

Herron also informed council that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the city’s $1.13 million Community Development Block Grant allocation for the 2014-15 fiscal year.