FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn is in the process of finding its next city manager. The decision lies in the hands of council, who are hosting a series of special meetings in the coming days in order to reach a decision.
Thomas Thomas of Rock Island, Ill; Chris Philbrick; Robert Anderson of Fairborn and Pete Bales of Fairborn are the finalists who will be attending the reception.
The meetings are as follows:
2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23: Fairbom City Council members will provide a tour of the city to the selected finalists in the city manager search.
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23: Following the tour, council is hosting a public reception to be held at the Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, giving citizens the opportunity to meet and greet the finalists for the position. Council will also be attending the reception.
“It’s their (citizens) opportunity to meet each of the candidates, chat with them, ask questions and leave comments about each of the candidates that will be read by council and the mayor — which could potentially alter the hiring decision,” Fairborn Human Relations Specialist Robin McClure previously said of the reception in an email interview.
7 a.m.-5:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24: Council will hold a special council meeting in the fire training room of the Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Avenue, immediately intending to adjourn into executive session to discuss details of the city manager search and conduct interviews with the city manager finalists. A dinner will be hosted by Council from 6 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn for the finalists.
5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27: Council will hold a special council meeting in the Council Chambers of the Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Avenue, for the purpose of adjourning into executive session to discuss details of the city manager search. Upon completion of the executive session, council will reconvene into open session to discuss local potential development.
7-8:3o p.m. Monday, Feb. 27: Council will hold a special council meeting/citizens forum at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Broad Street. The topic of discussion includes code enforcement and neighborhood watch and neighborhood policing efforts.
The new city manager will be paid $120,000 to $160,000 per year based on experience and will be included into the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.