Monroe names 2 finalists for city manager’s position

City Council may name new city manager on Wednesday, according to a city official.

MONROE — City Council has narrowed its choice to become the city’s next city manager, the Journal-News has learned.

There were 19 applicants and, following the vetting process by Management Advisory Group, seven applicants were interviewed by City Council.

The search has resulted in two applicants — Monroe’s Acting City Manager Kacey L. Waggaman and Larry Lester, operations director of the city of Hilliard — being scheduled for a second interview.

The contract is expected to be for three years at an annual salary of $135,000 to $175,000.

Besides Waggaman and Lester, the other finalists were: Michael Brillhart, administrator city of Wapakoneta; David Lynch, director and grant specialist of Muni-Grants; Jennifer Patterson, assistant to the Monroe city manager; Katie Smiddy, CFO for Hamilton County Council Action Agency; and Patrick Turnbill, public works director, city of Centerville.

Monroe’s former city manager, William “Bill” Brock, who served for 20 years, the longest tenure of any Butler County city manager, announced his resignation in July. Brock has accepted a position with the engineering firm CT Consultants in Blue Ash.

In August, the city hired Management Advisory Group out of Westerville, Ohio, to conduct an executive search services to find the next city manager at a cost of $22,500.

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