By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp will interview six candidates who are seeking to become the community’s next city administrator.
The six candidates, along with information from their submitted resumes:
•Richard Giroux, has been the city manager for Sebring, Ohio, since 2013. Prior to that he was director of public safety and service for the city of Hillsboro. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and some post graduate work in civil, constitutional and contract law at the Thomas Jefferson College of Law and public administration at the University of Central Florida.
•James Hood, has been the city attorney for the city of Reynoldsburg since 2006. Before that he was a municipal public defender in Franklin County Municipal Court for three years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Liberty State College and a law degree from the Capital University Law School.
•Benjamin King, has been the city administrator for Pataskala since 2014 and previously was director of public services and assistant city administrator for Pataskala for seven years. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Kent State University.
•Brad Lutz, is the Delaware County director of business operations and business management and before that was the Pickaway County administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
•Holly Mattei, has been the Violet Township development director since 2017 and before that was the executive director of the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission for eight years. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Miami University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University.
•Kevin Vaughn, has been the Clinton Township administrator since 2018 and prior to that was the village administrator for Plain City for six years. (His resume did not include his educational background.)
According to the Groveport City Charter, the mayor appoints the city administrator and this appointment must be confirmed by a majority vote of Groveport City Council.
The city administrator job became open when former Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall announced her retirement on Nov. 22 after eight years on the job.
Westcamp said candidates will be interviewed by himself along with council members Scott Lockett and Jean Ann Hilbert, personnel director Sue Wadley, and former city administrator Marsha Hall on Dec. 10 with the goal of having a new city administrator in place by Jan. 1.
“There’s no guarantee I’ll choose the next city administrator from this group of six applicants,” said Westcamp. “It depends on the results of the interviews.”
When asked what characteristics he was looking for in the new city administrator, Westcamp said, “I want someone with experience and who is a good communicator. Also, someone who is stable and plans to be here for a while.”