28 applicants vying for top Wellington job

By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com

It could now take until the end of the year for Wellington to find a new village manager.

After Steve Pyles left in August following 10 years in the position, village council had set September as its target date to begin narrowing down the search.

The council has not yet eliminated anyone from consideration among the 28 applicants who’ve dropped their names in the hat, said mayor Hans Schneider.

“We’re still going through the list and working our way to a decision,” he said. “There’s a lot going on in the village. We’re doing OK and we want to make a thoughtful and right decision. That decision will impact us for the next decade or so.”

During a council meeting Monday, Schneider complimented Mark Rosemark for his continued dual role as interim village manager and water superintendent.

“Mark is wearing two hats for us and giving 100 percent effort on both fronts,” he said. “This is the second time in a decade he’s had to do this. It’s not easy. He has his hands full at the water department alone. His ability to help us work through this situation two times now shows his level of dedication to this community.”

Applicants so far have come from a wide array of backgrounds and locations.

Some local names trying to land the position are:

• Gregory Frenk, chief operator at Wellington’s waste water plant and a lieutenant at the Wellington fire district.

• Kathleen Dickason, a former student ambassador at Cuyahoga Community College.

• Daniel Gilles, former chief of police in Olmsted Falls.

• Robert Fowler, president and chief executive of public safety and service consulting in Lorain.

Notable out-of-state candidates include:

• Joseph Park, a payroll supervisor in Anchorage, Alaska.

• Kyle Tibbs, city administrator of Woodbine, Ga.

• Benjamin Nagle, executive director of a youth services and group home commission in Fredericksburg, Va.

Schneider said the next step in the process will be selecting 10 to 15 candidates from the group, but there is no set date or timetable for that to happen.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier