Friday, March 24, 2000

Trenton searches for new manager

Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — City officials are checking through resumes from across the country in their search to replace longtime City Manager Mel Ruder, who will retire in July.

        The city advertised the position nationally and has received 20 applications, Mayor Roy Wilham said. Those will be shaved to five finalists for interviews.

        “We're looking for someone with a good communications system that is verbal and written. Someone with a degree in business administration and, naturally, city manager experience,” Mr. Wilham said. He said resumes have come from Ohioans, and “all the way from Maine, Arizona and Florida.”

        He said the mix includes several retired military officers and current municipal administrators. All the applicants have been male, he said.

        No salary range has been set, but Mr. Ruder makes about $60,000 a year. Council is handling the search itself.

        Mr. Ruder has offered to help in the selection of his successor, if council wishes.

        “I told them I'm willing to assist in whatever manner they see fit,” he said.

        There is no timetable to hire a new manager, and Mr. Ruder has agreed to remain as a consultant, if needed.

        “We're not rushing by any stretch. It's a big decision,” Mr. Wilham said. “Most all of them have pretty much met the outlines that we've set forth. I really don't care if he's local, out-of-state or where.”

        Mr. Ruder, who has been with the city since 1976, has said health problems are forcing him to retire. Under his watch, Trenton has seen tremendous growth, established a new city park, relocated a public library and built and later expanded a civic center.

        “Mel's going to be very difficult to replace,” Mr. Wilham said. “I don't think we'll find anybody who dedicated more to that job than Mel did. He stretched a dollar unbelievably.”

        The new city manager will have to deal with drainage problems in the western part of the city, infrastructure improvement and overhauling zoning rules and regulations, the mayor said.


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