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Geneva City Council discusses City Manager search process, hopes to hire Sage Gerling replacement by June

Geneva city officials hope a search can be wrapped up and a replacement hired for departing City Manager Sage Gerling by June.


The Finger Lakes Times reports the search has a sense of urgency with the recent news that Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers is also leaving. Mayor Steve Valentino told the City Council Monday that the city put together a good search procedure when it hired Gerling to replace Matt Horn in 2018. “Fortunately, we kind of did this not too long ago,” Valentino said. There are concerns that the council’s divisiveness over the last two years might make it harder to hire someone.

At-Large Councilor Frank Gaglianese III notes the city has had difficulty filling some other recent openings, including Code Officer and a position within the Police Department.


According to a timeline proposed by Gerling, the city manager job would be posted by Jan. 14. The council would then appoint a search committee. Zoom interviews would begin in April, in-person interviews with finalists in May and a new City Manager hired by June. Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera thinks that might be moving a little too fast. He said the end of summer might be a more realistic time frame.



No word from the council on who will take over day-to-day management duties, but Mayor Valentino said that needs to be done quickly.

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