Matthew Kline, Evalin McClain and Sy Murray are the three candidates who will be interviewed by all seven Sandusky City Commissioners for the position of city manager.
"Those three candidates were clearly the best," said Bryan Kasper, a member of the city manager search committee.
The committee met Wednesday evening to discuss the interviews that took place with the top six candidates in mid-September and to choose those who will move on to the next round.
The decision was "pretty unanimous," said Sandusky City Commissioner Dave Waddington, a member of the search committee.
Other members of the committee could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Kline, a management assistant in Mason, Ohio, "struck a responsive chord among those with whom he interacted throughout the day," according to his interview summary provided by Circuit Rider Management Group. "His answers to questions were characterized as direct and enthusiastic, and he was liked and trusted immediately."
McClain, assistant city manager in Overland Park, Kan., "scored high marks with the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education and the Erie County Commissioner representatives ... they were impressed with her clear understanding of city government" according to her interview summary.
Murray was described as the "acknowledged elder statesman of the city management profession in Ohio and in most of the U.S. and even on the world stage" in his interview summary. He is currently a professor at Cleveland State University, where he has taught for nearly 16 years.
Waddington said the three candidates may be discussed at the city commission meeting next week. Because of the Columbus Day holiday, the meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday instead of Monday.