STEUBENVILLE - City Council narrowed the list of city manager candidates to five people Wednesday night during an hour-long executive session that also saw the council members schedule telephone interviews for next week.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said the telephone interviews with the five candidates will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in executive session.
"We will also have the citizens committee participate in the telephone interviews. We hope to reduce the list of final applicants to three or four people who will be invited to come to Steubenville for face-to-face interviews," explained Metcalf.
Council accelerated its search for a new city manager after it failed to hire a manager candidate during the first round search process.
The final candidate turned down the Steubenville manager job for a city manager position in Grand Junction, Kan.
A second finalist told City Council he was dropping out of the running for the job to accept a city manager job in Portsmouth, Ohio.
"I believe we have a good group of final candidates interested in the city manager position and we are moving forward to have a city manager hired by mid-November," Metcalf said Wednesday night.
The second round search process saw 34 people apply for the job that was vacated in May when former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned after a 38-month tenure.
Council met in executive session for more than two hours on Monday night to cut that list to 17 qualified applicants and then reduce the number to eight candidates.
Metcalf said several applicants from the first round search process applied for the job again.
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.