City manager choice ready to sign on the dotted line

SANDUSKY He's agreed to agree. Chosen city manager candidate Matt Kline said he will accept the cond
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

He's agreed to agree. Chosen city manager candidate Matt Kline said he will accept the conditions of the contract agreement once they are presented to him.

"We've agreed to the structure of the contract. (Interim City Manager Don Miears) is putting together the actual wording of the contract," Kline said. "I've not read all the wording of the contract yet, but we've shaken hands across the phone lines."

Neither Miears nor Kline would reveal the specifics of the agreement. Miears said the commission still needs to vote on the contract before Kline can sign it.

Kline said they have not yet decided on a start date, but he expects it to be soon.

"I'll probably start before the ink dries on the contract," Kline said. "I'm looking forward to relocating and starting as soon as possible. Sandusky has a lot of hidden jewels, and I hope I can make them shine."

He said his main goal for the city is working toward its improvement.

"I plan on working with all the fine people there and trying to help it grow, develop the community and help economic development," Kline said.

Sandusky City Commissioners voted 6-1 on Oct. 22 to offer the position to Kline. He was the favorite because of his enthusiasm, experience and collaborative management style, commissioners said.

Kline, 43, is originally from Bolivar, Ohio, and 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. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from the University of Akron.