STEUBENVILLE - The search for a new city manager is down to four applicants after a fifth candidate dropped out of the search process.
City Council and the seven-member citizens' search committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to review their notes from telephone interviews with the final four applicants and determine who will be invited to the city for face-to-face interviews.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said the council members and citizens' committee met for approximately 90 minutes Wednesday night for the final telephone interview.
"We have conducted the telephone interviews for the past three evenings and will now take a break before reviewing our notes and discussing who should make the final list of candidates," Metcalf said Wednesday night.
"We have seven council members and seven members on the citizens review commission, so we will all bring our calendars Monday evening to start making scheduling arrangements for the face-to-face interviews. I am still confident we will have a new city manager hired by mid-November," declared Metcalf.
"I am pleased with these final four candidates because I believe they each have considerable experience in the different areas necessary for a city manager," added Metcalf.
The search for a new city manager started after former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned in May.
The first round of the search process failed to hire a manager after the final candidate turned down the Steubenville city manager job for a city manager position in Junction City, Kan.
A second finalist told the city council he was dropping out of the running for the job to accept a city manager job in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The second round of the process saw 34 people apply for the job.
Council cut that list to 17 qualified applicants and then reduced the number to eight candidates last week.
The citizens' review committee was invited to participate in the telephone interviews this week.
Metcalf said several applicants from the first round of the search process applied for the job again.
According to the city charter, "Once the applicant is chosen, the said applicant must be on the job within 30 days from the date he or she is hired."
Under the terms of the charter, Mayor Domenick Mucci will continue serving as acting city manager until someone is hired for the position.