A duo of dropouts means two new candidates to be interviewed for the position of Sandusky city manager.
Matthew Kline of Mason, Ohio, and Mark Fitzgerald of Loveland, Ohio, are now among the top six to be interviewed next week.
Doug Elliott and Charles Bowman are no longer on the list. Elliott withdrew his application, and Bowman was unable to make his scheduled interview time because of other conflicts.
The current six interview candidates areSy Murray of Cleveland; Stephen Gunty of Ellsworth, Maine; Richard Janus of Beaver Falls, Pa.; Evalin McClain of Overland Park, Kan.; Matthew Kline of Mason, Ohio; and Mark Fitzgerald of Loveland, Ohio.
Of the original top six chosen, only four candidates remain.
The first round of interviews by the search committee are scheduled to be Sept. 17, 18 and 20.
The city manager search committee is made up of two city commissioners, Dave Waddington and Dennis Murray, along with five citizens, Al Nickles, Sandra Brown, Bryan Kasper, Vincent Rhodes and Vicki Kaszonyi.
"I'm not concerned about it," Murray said of the recent changes to the interview list.
"I just hope no one else bails," Waddington said.
The search committee will select 4-5 candidates who will then be interviewed by the Sandusky City Commission.
THE NEW TWO
Kline of Mason, Ohio, has 20 years of political and professional municipal government experience. He has been the management assistant, a council member and zoning board member for the city of Mason since 1999. He has also been director of Public Service/Safety for Dover, Ohio; village administrator of Canal Fulton, Ohio; and mayor of Bolivar, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron.
Fitzgerald of Loveland, Ohio, has 15 years of experience in economic development. He was the city manager of Loveland for five years. Fitzgerald was also township administrator of Union Township, village administrator of Lockland, Ohio, and services director of West Chester, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.