Vandalia chooses new city manager

Vandalia City Council members voted 6-0 in a special Wednesday meeting to offer the city manager’s job to Jon Crusey. All city council members were present except for Vice-Mayor Candice Farst.

“I am very excited to be selected as Vandalia’s next City Manager,” Crusey said Thursday. “I look forward to getting involved in the community and working with City Council and staff.”

If Crusey, who has been the city manager for Tipp City for more than five years, accepts the terms of the contract with the city, he is expected to start his new job on April 21, according to Mayor Arlene Setzer.

More than 40 individuals, including 26 from out of state, applied for the position.

“All the candidates that we interviewed were just excellent. “Not too sure if it was one thing or another, but certainly he does bring a wealth of information about a city of our size,” Setzer said. “With his working relationships with many of the organizations and so forth, that we deal with and his track record in Tipp City and his previous working environment has certainly shown us that we think he is the man that can step into the shoes.”

She added: “We know where we want to go and we think he is the man that can take us there.”

Vandalia’s council leadership and strong history of professional management is what Crusey said attracted him to the city.

“They are very aggressive on economic development and offer outstanding quality of life amenities for their residents,” he added.

The city has been looking for a new city manager since former city manager Rob Anderson resigned on Nov. 8.

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