Matt Kline named new city manager

SANDUSKY The city commissioners have made up their minds -- it's Kline. After a 30-mi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The city commissioners have made up their minds -- it's Kline.

After a 30-minute executive session to discuss the city manager candidates, commissioners voted Monday night to offer the position to Matt Kline of Mason, Ohio.

Commissioners discussed the two candidates in open session before the vote.

Commissioner Dave Waddington was the first to voice his support for Kline, saying he felt confident with Kline's background and his experience.

"I thought about it long and hard over the weekend," Commissioner Brett Fuqua said, adding that his decision to recommend Sy Murray for the position was based solely on experience.

Kline brings an "unbridled enthusiasm" to the position, said Commissioner Craig Stahl.

He added that the major factor in his decision was that Interim City Manager Don Miears agreed to stay and help Kline transition into office.

After expressing his support for Kline, Commissioner Brian Crandall was ready to vote.

"I'd like to offer my two cents," Commissioner Dennis Murray jumped in.

"These are two extraordinary candidates."

Murray said it was Kline's collaborative management style that won him over.

Edmon said Kline's experience updating city sewer systems is also important, especially since Sandusky's sewer system, which has been around "since Lincoln was alive," is in need of some major work.

Ex officio Mayor Dan Kaman said both candidates "bring a wealth of experience." Kline's work with King's Island -- very similar to Cedar Point -- along with economic development and strategic planning, complement the teamwork attitude Kline would bring the position, he said.

Following the interviews with Kline and Murray on Thursday, the commissioners didn't discuss the candidates, but simply thought about it over the weekend, Kaman said.

A "yes" vote for Kline rolled down the line from Waddington, Stahl, Edmon, Kaman, Murray and Crandall.

After a brief pause, Fuqua voted no.

The offer was to be extended to Kline Monday night by Miears, and Warrenette Parthemore was to contact Murray.

Kline could not be reached for comment Monday night because he was in a council meeting.

Kline, originally from Bolivar, Ohio, has 20 years of political and professional municipal government experience. He has been the management assistant, 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 earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from the University of Akron.