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July 2, 2014

City receives 30 applications for manager job

More than 30 applications have been filed for the position of Oneonta city manager, officials said Tuesday.

That number is an impressive result for a city the size of Oneonta, said Russ Southard, Sixth Ward member of the Common Council and chairman of its Human Resources Committee.

Kathy Wolverton, Oneonta city personnel director, said the number isn’t final because applications postmarked by the June 30 deadline may yet be delivered. She agreed that more than 30 applicants is a good-sized pool.

The Human Resources Committee will meet Monday. Southard said the search process has been kept confidential, a measure that the city-hired consultant indicated could lead to more qualified candidates applying, he said. 

The committee won’t be reviewing applications Monday, Southard said, and will look to the consultant to identify applicants for further consideration. The goal is to have a new city manager in September, he said.

The city is searching for its second city manager. Michael H. Long, the first to hold the post, retired May 29.

The city manager position was established in the revised Oneonta City Charter approved by voters in November 2011. The city manager is the municipality’s chief executive officer and chief administrative officer and is responsible to the Common Council, according the Charter. The city manager has the primary responsibility for daily administration of the city, including supervision of employees, coordination and delivery of services and oversight of fiscal management.

Long joined the city Oct. 1, 2012, at a salary of $115,000. He announced his retirement after his standing with the Common Council came into question.

Meg Hungerford, director of finance for the city, was appointed by Common Council to serve as acting city manager during the search for a new city manager.

On May 6, the council approved an additional stipend for Hungerford of $33,991 effective May 30 on a pro-rated basis to raise her pay to $115,000. The motion was approved 7-1, with Common Council member Bob Brzozowski voting against the measure.

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