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July 8, 2014

Review of 36 applications for city manager underway, officials say

Thirty-six applications for city manager of Oneonta were received on time, Kathy Wolverton, personnel director told Common Council members at the Human Resources Committee meeting Monday.

The city is searching for its second city manager. The successful candidate will succeed Michael H. Long, who retired May 29.

Meg Hungerford, city director of finance, is acting city manager.

Russ Southard, chairman of the Human Resources Committee, said Monday that the city will be mum on identifying applicants as Dominic Mazza, the city-hired consultant to help with the search, indicated the applications of some candidates were contingent on confidentiality to preserve employment options.

Mazza will meet with Common Council members and search officials at 7 p.m. July 21.

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said that meeting will be to review the ranking of candidates in "A, B and C" categories and explain the process. The pool of candidates might be narrowed from the A category, Miller said.

At the meeting at City Hall, Steve Londner, a resident from Maple Street, requested that "at least two respected community members" be added to the search committee. He presented arguments in a letter that he read and submitted for distribution to the Common Council.

Electricity was out at City Hall after a storm Monday afternoon. The committee meeting was held in a room with a window.

But Monday's meeting of the city Parks and Recreation Commission, which holds sessions in the windowless Common Council Chambers, was postponed to an undetermined date, Wolverton said. 

Wolverton said the search for the previous city manager resulted in about 50 applications.

Miller said the initial four-person search committee was established to manage the process, with the idea that all council members would be involved in the later interview process.

Commissioners reviewing the Oneonta City Charter, which established the city manager position, may have a review of the document and report completed by the end of the month, Miller said.

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