No locals in top six for city manager

SANDUSKY No local applicants were among the six candidates who landed a first-round interview for th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



No local applicants were among the six candidates who landed a first-round interview for the position of Sandusky city manager.

The top six chosen by the search committee are: Evalin McClain of Overland Park, Kan., Sy Murray of Cleveland, Richard Janus of Beaver Falls, Pa., Spencer Isom of Snowflake, Ariz., Stephen Gunty of Ellsworth, Maine, and Doug Elliott of Hudson, Ohio.

The search committee includes Commissioners Dave Waddington and Dennis Murray along with Sandusky residents Allen Nickles, Sandra Brown, Bryan Kasper, Vicki Kaszonyi and Vincent Rhoades.

After meeting Thursday to discuss all the candidates and the attributes needed for the job, the committee met again Monday night.

"We each picked our top six and combined all the numbers," Waddington said.

The committee plans to begin interviews in September to narrow the group down to at least five candidates who will then be interviewed by the Sandusky City Commission.

"When this is all said and done, it will be up to the city commission," Waddington said.

McClain has been assistant city manager of Overland Park since 2000. She was also the auditor of Kansas City, Mo., from July 1999-2000. She is working toward her doctorate in public administration and affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Sy Murray has been city manager of both San Diego and Cincinnati. He also was chief administrative officer of Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1973-79. Murray has been director of the Public Management Program and professor for the Levin College of Urban Affairs, both at Cleveland State University, since 1990. He has extensive experience in international consulting, advising foreign governments on municipal operations from Zimbabwe to the Phillippines.

Janus is the city manager of Beaver Falls. He has also been the city manager of Shinnston, W. Va., and the director of economic development for New Kensington, Pa. Janus was director of Community Development and Planning for the city of Clarksburg, W. Va., and program administrator for the department of personnel and civil service commission for Pittsburgh, Pa.

Isom is town manager of Snowflake. He has also been the assistant city manager, personnel director, and planning and zoning director of Bisbee, Ariz. Isom was also assistant city manager, community development director and acting public works director/senior management analyst of Bullhead City, Ariz.

Gunty has been city manager of Ellsworth since 2004. He has also been administrative services director and human resources director of Waukesha, Wis. Gunty was a city administrator in Sparta, Wis., from 1993-2001.

Doug Elliott of Hudson, Ohio, is assistant city manager of Painesville, Ohio. He is the former city manager of Hudson, a position he held from 2004-06. Elliot was also city manager of Somersworth, N.H., from 1990-2004 and city manager of Washington Court House, Ohio, from 1982-86. Elliott was a village administrator in Leipsic, Ohio, from 1980-82.