Search Progresses For SSD

ST. MARYS — The next phase in St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan’s search for a new safety-service director started this week.

The deadline for applications for the position was Friday. Now, McGowan is tasked with finding the city’s second safety-service director in less than a year, after Jason Little announced his resignation in August, which is effective Oct. 26.

“There are six or seven applications right now that meet the qualifications as set by council,” McGowan told The Evening Leader. “We will be calling them in and reviewing their resumes and scheduling interviews.”

McGowan said a qualified candidate must be an engineer and hold a professional engineer distinction. Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers are among the applicants.

“We’d like to find the best candidate right away,” McGowan said. “We want to get interviewing quickly because it could give us time for the new person to work with Jason before he leaves so we don’t have a repeat of when Jason came in. Jason has said that after he leaves, he’d be willing to work with the new person. I thought that was nice of Jason to volunteer to do that.”

Two candidates will appear for interviews on Monday, one will appear on Sept. 18 and the rest of the candidates will go through the interview process the week of Sept. 24.

“The process is starting and moving quickly,” McGowan told St. Marys City Councilors during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Little also updated councilors on the status of the smoke stack at the power plant.

Little said he is waiting to hear back from a contractor regarding an estimate to demolish the structure. Once that information is obtained, Little noted he would forward it to councilors.

“He came out and looked at it, but he hasn’t given me a price,” Little said.

“We do need to make a decision on that (as far as) what we want to do.”

McGowan said he wanted to be sure officials had all the necessary information before making a decision on the smoke stack’s fate.

“Just to be sure we make the right decision,” McGowan said. “I’m trying to get everything in.”

In other business, councilors:

• Set an electric/communication committee meeting for 6 p.m. Monday.

• There was no legislation read during the meeting.

Councilors entered executive session to discuss real estate. There was no action taken when they reconvened in regular session.

The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the city building located along East Spring Street.