Middletown to interview city manager candidates this week

On Friday and Saturday, the five finalists for the city manager position will participate in an interview process with members of the community and city council. Earlier this month, the city announced the finalists: Doug Adkins and Les Landen, the city’s community revitalization manager and law director, respectively; Cathy Davison, former city manager, Steubenville, Ohio; Jane Howington, city manager, Newport, R.I.; and Willie Norfleet, city manager, Socorro, Texas.

City manager Judy Gilleland announced her retirement earlier this year and her last day is set for June 6, though she may stay longer to make the transition easier.

The city received 29 applicants for the position and the field was narrowed to five, said Noah Powers, the city’s human resource manager.

Don Vermillion, who was hired by the city to conduct the search, said he was “very pleased” with the candidates and the finalists. He wasn’t surprised two city employees made the list, he said.

Powers said the interview process will include an open forum in which each candidate will have an opportunity to meet with interested Middletown citizens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, Lawrence Mulligan Jr., the mayor, and city council members will have an opportunity to interview each candidate, and each candidate will tour the city and meet the city staff.

In a letter the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton sent to its members last week, it said the city manager “plays a critical role” in the community and “helps set the future direction” of the city.

The chamber will be part of the screening committee that will interview the candidates, the letter said. The chamber is asking its members to send in potential questions that the business community would like to ask.

Send questions to rick@thechamberofcommerce.org.

United Way event Wednesday

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Middletown Area will hold its annual report and award meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Middletown Area Senior Center. For more information, call Terry Wiese at 513-705-1160.

Booster shots required

All students entering the seventh grade are required to have a Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis) booster shot before entering Middletown City Schools District in the fall.

In partnership with the Butler County Health Department, the district is offering free Tdap immunizations to the first 200 students who sign up. The shots will be administered at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Highview Sixth Grade School. Parents must complete a consent form available at the school.

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