Five to interview for Clayton city manager position

The city of Clayton will hire a new city manager this year. CONTRIBUTED
The city of Clayton will hire a new city manager this year. CONTRIBUTED

Five candidates vying for the city manager position in Clayton will get a chance to speak with City Council on Monday and Tuesday.

The candidates to be interviewed are applying to replace current city manager Richard Rose, who announced in August that he would retire at the end of his contract in March.

Rose has been city manager since 2014. He is paid $126,000 per year.

The five candidates are: Pete Bales, former assistant city manager in Fairborn; Nathan Cahall, the current village administrator for the Village of Plain City, Ohio; Jack Kuntz, the current director of development for Clayton; Andrew White, the current city manager in Huron, Ohio; and Amanda Zimmerlin, the current assistant city manager in Springdale.

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“I’m sure city council will select the best person to move the city forward,” Rose said. “They have five very qualified candidates.”

Clayton city council approved a resolution in August 2019 to contract with Cincinnati-based Management Partners for an executive recruitment search. The city spent $17,990 to get the consulting help.

Management Partners conducted a nationwide search and received 28 applications.

Management Partners presented their candidate recommendations at two different special council meetings. After council reviewed those resumes, these five candidates were scheduled for first-round interviews.

After this first round of interviews, council will have the option of narrowing the candidate list down further and conducting a second set of interviews or may elect to add new candidates to the list and conduct more first-round interviews.

Rose said depending on how interviews on Monday and Tuesday go, the city will probably make an offer to one of the candidates by the end of the month.

The city hopes to have a new city manager in place sometime in March, Rose said.