By Elise Franco
CANFIELD — The city’s two-year-long search for a new city manager has ended.
Charles Bowman, 50, of Kent, was appointed by city council Monday in a 4-1 vote to take over for current City Manager Charles Tieche. Bowman, now city manager in Greenfield, is to begin his two-year contract in Canfield on Sept. 8.
Greenfield is located in the far northeast corner of Highland County near the Ross and Fayette county lines.
Council member Daniel Frazzini voted against the appointment. Because Tieche will stay on for a period of time after Bowman takes office, the city will be paying two people to do the same job. Frazzini said this isn’t viable because of the poor economy.
Council President Andrew Skrobola said the road to appointing Bowman was a long one, and it was something that needed to be done.
“He has a wealth of good experience, which is something we need here,” Skrobola said. “It’s taken a long time to find a qualified person to take this job.”
Skrobola said Bowman’s r sum was impressive, and he will do well at his new post. He’s set to make $72,000 per year through 2011.
“He’s a very experienced individual with regards to the city manager job,” he said. “He also consults from time to time having to do with the operation of cities.”
Bowman was the community development director in Kent from 2000 to 2006, city manager of Xenia from 1996 to 1999, city manager of Loveland in 1995, city manager of Geneva from 1989 to 1995 and administrative assistant to the village manager in Hudson from 1987 to 1989. He also worked many years for consulting firms in Tampa, Fla., Kent, Xenia and Akron.
The 1980 Bowling Green University graduate later earned his master’s in public administration from Cleveland State University in 1988 and his doctorate from CSU in 2000.
Bowman, who plans to move to Canfield soon, said Canfield has always had a good reputation among Ohio’s circle of city managers, and he looks forward to becoming a part of the city.
“I’m delighted. Canfield is a great community,” he said. “I think my experience and diversity will help the council achieve the goals they have.”
Tieche, who has been city manager in Canfield since 1991, said the search began around April 2007.
“We got close last year to making a selection,” he said. “They had two people, but economic and personal reasons prevented those candidates from taking the position.”
Tieche said that he doesn’t know how long he will stay on once Bowman begins working in September but that he’s confident in the new city manager’s abilities.
“I’ve met Mr. Bowman a few times, and he seems to be very well-qualified,” Tieche said. “Each of us does things differently, but I’m sure he’ll do the best job he knows how to do.”