COLUMBIANA - More than 70 people think they have what it takes to become the city's next city manager.
Tonight, members of the selection advisory committee will meet behind closed doors to narrow that number down to the top few to be granted interviews with city council.
The city is in need of a new manager with Keith Chamberlin retiring Dec. 31 after 20 years. His backup, Service Director Jay Groner, is also retiring that day, and council recently appointed Finance Director Mark Harold to serve as manager in the meantime. He will perform the administrative duties along with the financial duties until a new manager is hired.
Advisory committee member Lowell Schloneger, who also sits on council, is surprised and encouraged by how many people have shown an interest in the position.
"It is more than I expected. It just means that there is a lot of people looking" to help the city, he said.
The committee was formed to move along the selection process since council members are unable to meet with all of the applicants.
Schloneger said he isn't sure how many people will be pulled from the selection during the meeting.
"I'm just looking out of this group to find the best person we can. Everything has went good for a lot of years for us with our manager. We'll just need to find another one to keep it going," he said.
He hopes interviews can begin as soon as possible, and exactly when they will begin is still to be determined.
Other members of the committee are Mayor David Spatholt, Councilman Bob Bieshelt and Civil Service Commission member Rick Noel.