PDT Staff Writer
The city of Portsmouth is offering $90,000 to $120,000 hiring salary range for the person who takes the job of city manager. In a classified advertisement on the Ohio Municipal League website, the city lists a hiring salary range of $90,000 to $120,000 per year depending on qualifications.
Portsmouth voters decided to change the city’s form of government from mayoral to council/city manager beginning in January of 2014, and since then has formed a committee to help put together plans to implement the new government, and to hire a consulting firm to search for applicants.
Until the ad was placed on the website, the public had not been informed as to what the salary of the new city manager would be.
“The city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a historic, river community of 20,200 residents, is seeking a technically competent, ethical leader, who has proven financial skills, and experience in stabilizing organizations to serve as City Manager,” the ad begins. “The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible for the oversight and management of the City. The City Manager oversees 236 full and part-time staff. The FY 2013 budget includes a $11.3 million General Fund and a $22 million for all funds. The City provides Police, Fire, Public Services (Garage, Grounds and Recreation, Sanitation, Streets, Traffic), Water (treatment and distribution), Wastewater and Flood Control (collection and treatment), Engineering and Building Inspection, Municipal Court, and Health services to the residents. In November 2011, the residents of Portsmouth voted to adopt charter amendments to return to council-manager government after more than 25 years. The City Charter provisions and new form of government are effective Jan. 1, 2014.”
The ad goes on to say Portsmouth enjoys a thriving arts culture and endless outdoor recreation opportunities.
Its natural beauty and outdoor amenities attract visitors to its river, famous murals, and for bike and running events,” the ad continues. “Portsmouth is forging partnerships with Shawnee State University and the corporate community to meet the needs of its residents.”
The ad says requirements include a bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field and 10 years of local government experience with at least five years in progressively responsible management/supervisory positions. A master’s degree and ICMA-Credentialed Manager certification are preferred. Applications accepted electronically only at http://thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs with a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references. Open until filled. First review of applications July 31, 2013.
The final sentence ensures that the citizens will be able to follow the hiring process, application by application.
“All application materials are subject to disclosure under Ohio’s public records laws.”
The Daily Times will request all application information.
“I did talk with Catherine Parrish of Novak Consulting, and the process has started for our city manager,” President of Portsmouth City Council Steve Sturgill said at a recent City Council meeting. “We have applications. They are coming from all over the country, with various diversified backgrounds, so she is very optimistic that in a very short time she’ll have some names for us, and we’ll be able to start the process.”
On the same website, a city of similar size, Steubenville, placed a similar ad - “City of Steubenville, OH: Population 20,000 Annual budget $11.3 million; 198 employees. Responsible for complete operation of a Full service city and all service and safety departments. Steubenville is a Charter City with self-governing powers. Successful candidate will be appointed by a seven member city council. Salary open (D.O.Q.).”
Steubenville officials did not list a salary range in their ad.
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