October 24, 2014

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Oberlin will restart its search for a leader

OBERLIN —  The City Council decided Thursday to look at some new candidates while at the same time reconsidering finalists for the job of city manager after top candidate Marcia Conner bowed out of contention.“We’ve got a good pool of candidates, and we’re going to get a couple more candidates, and we’re going to come up with a good city manager for the city of Oberlin,” Council Vice President Ronnie Rimbert said.

Council met behind closed doors in a conference call with two members who were out of town after consultant Sy Murray informed them that Conner had decided to stay on as city manager in Atlantic Beach, S.C.

Oberlin had offered Conner $100,000 a year, the use of a home and a $200 a month gas allowance.

After emerging from the session, several members declined to comment on the selection process, saying Rimbert was designated as the only spokesman following Thursday’s meeting.

Council members did say the issues facing the new city manager will be whether Oberlin needs an addition to the fire station and a new City Hall.

Rimbert declined to say if he personally supports the other finalist introduced to the community, Charles Bowman.
Bowman formerly served as community development director for Kent and left after a change in leadership at that city. He is a principal in Charta Consultants, vice president and treasurer of Ohio Valley Music and president of CDJ Consultants.

Meanwhile, Rimbert said Gary Boyle, Oberlin’s planning director, will continue filling in as city manager, a job he has been performing since former city manager Rob DiSpirito, left in January to take a similar position in Dunedin, Fla.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.