Search for Cleveland Heights city manager continues

Cleveland Heights City Hall. Photo by Chris Hanson.

The City of Cleveland Heights announced that its search for a city manager continues, after an offer extended to candidate Andrew White was declined. Council interviewed four finalists selected by Novak Consulting Group. Council will not extend an offer to any of the remaining three candidates.

"After careful thought and spirited discussion, city council offered the position of city manager to Andrew White of Huron, Ohio," said Mayor Ed Kelley in a press release. "Mr. White consulted with his family and friends and decided not to accept the position for personal and professional reasons."

Kelley said that although “all four candidates were great,” there was no second choice. “We’ve interviewed and vetted the other candidates and don’t feel that any of them will be our next city manager. We’re going to get our first choice,” said the mayor in a phone interview.

Kelley said that he and the rest of council are discussing what the next steps will be in the search for a city manager. “If someone wants to apply for the position who didn’t apply before, we encourage that. We are hoping we’ll have a rash of new applications in the next couple of weeks.”

“We feel fortunate to have Susanna Niermann O'Neil as acting city manager. We continue to be proud of all our employees who are providing excellent city services for our residents during this transition period," said Kelley.

The position of city manager remains open. Interested candidates can find more information and an application at, or contact Catherine Tuck Parrish at

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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