Scott Frank after being appointed as the new interim Nelsonville City Manager
Scott Frank after being appointed as the new interim Nelsonville City Manager [Aditya Sahasrabudhe | WOUB]

New Interim Nelsonville City Manager Appointed

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Scott Frank is the new Nelsonville city manager. City council appointed its interim city manager Tuesday night in a special meeting. After interviewing six candidates in executive session, the special committee boiled down the competition to Bernie Roell and Scott Frank.

Usually, city councils in Ohio can meet only in executive sessions for special reasons – hiring of a public employee being one of them. After City Manager Chuck Barga, 62, retired Jan. 31, 2020, Nelsonville City Council President Tony Dunfee appointed a search committee for vetting the candidates.

After roughly an hour-long final interview and deliberation, the council members unanimously selected Scott Frank.

City council members after making the vote for the new interim city manager (Picture courtesy: Aditya Sahasrabudhe)

“It’s exciting. I like the challenge. So many diverse departments. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun learning what they do and then diving in there and helping them through different avenues of improvement or just helping them,” Scott said.

“I think the biggest thing is getting in there and getting a full sight picture of what’s going on with the city and engaging with the public to see, you know their concerns and addressing those as much as possible and seeing what works best for the citizens and the public works.”

Roell looked disappointed after his loss but was gracious in the end.

“Obviously there was something about him (Scott Frank) that resounded a little bit louder with them (the committee) vs. me,” he said. “I wish him the best of luck and hope Nelsonville grows.”

After serving more than 20 years in the military, Frank begins a new chapter of his life – service to a different group of people.

“I was in the air force for 20 years and in there, I got my bachelor’s degree and a few associate’s degrees but specifically, the last ten years, I did a lot of management analytics, process improvement,” he said. “Also, I’ve been managing people and supervising people since I was 20 years old, so I’ve a lot of experience working with others.”

New interim Nelsonville City Manager Scott Frank (Picture courtesy: Aditya Sahasrabudhe)

Apart from multiple associates’ degrees and a bachelor’s degree in management, Scott has lean six-sigma green and black belts.

For more information on the new city council manger, visit the Nelsonville City website.