STEUBENVILLE - City Council members are considering six candidates for the city manager's job following an hour-long executive session Tuesday that saw 12 applicants dropped from consideration.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf announced council will meet in executive session at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 to continue reviewing the six candidates and discuss the next step in the search process.
Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich said Tuesday night he anticipates starting telephone interviews with the final candidates in the near future.
"We are making progress in our search for a city manager," noted Lalich.
Metcalf said he anticipates a citizen review committee will become involved in the search process when the final candidates are invited to the city for interviews.
Each council member has selected a representative for the citizen review committee.
"We are moving forward and will meet the Sept. 14 deadline," Metcalf said.
Council started advertising for the vacant position in June following Cathy Davison's resignation from the job May 13, which ended her 38-month tenure.
The job advertisement said the city has a population of 18,000 residents and an annual budget of $11.3 million.
The charter states the city manager will, "be responsible for complete operation of a full-service city and all service and safety departments. The salary is open and the successful applicant shall, within six months of appointment, establish and maintain residence in Steubenville."
The charter requires applicants to possess an, "undergraduate degree in public administration, business administration or related field and have at least two years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager, or in the alternative, have at least 10 years of experience as a city manager."
According to the charter, once a choice is made, the applicant must be on the job within 30 days.
Mayor Domenick Mucci is serving as acting city manager.
Members of council are scheduled to meet in executive session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to interview three applicants for the council clerk job that became vacant earlier this year when Pam Orlando retired.