The Human Resources Committee had multiple recommendations to talk with Mazza, said Southard, council member of the Seventh Ward. The previous search was a learning experience, Southard said, and considering The Mercer Group’s work “is a little like Monday-morning quarterbacking.”
The committee was impressed with Mazza’s background and contacts in the Northeast, Southard said.
“He has some avenues to bring us some qualified candidates,” Southard said. “We want to make sure we get the right candidate.”
Mazza told the committee that good candidates won’t jeopardize their jobs by sending resumes to post office boxes or otherwise submit applications without a shield of confidentiality. To refine the search, Mazza said he wants to meet further with the committee to define the position and identify priorities about skills and characteristics of a desired candidate.
Mazza said he would conduct background and reference checks after about three final candidates are identified.
Qualities in Oneonta’s favor include its good financial status, good credit rating and no apparent personnel issues, Mazza said. Offering $110,000 to $120,000, plus benefits, would work, he said, and filling the position by September would be possible, though the city would need to be willing to negotiate and be flexible about the transition.
Council members attending Monday’s meeting included Maureen Hennessy, First Ward; David Rissberger, Third Ward; Michael Lynch, Fourth Ward; Madolyn Palmer, Fifth Ward; and Chip Holmes, Eighth Ward. Members Larry Malone, Third Ward; and Bob Brzozowski, Seventh Ward; were absent.