Geneva City Council meets, but still mum on manager search

Another closed-door meeting with nothing to report.

Well, for now.

The Geneva city manager search has been in the hands of Council for more than a month without a decision on who will be the next person to lead the city administration.

Members held another executive session Monday night on the search, with no news to announce.

However, Fifth Ward City Councilor Jason Hagerman said by email after the meeting that he expected the city would have something to say on the search later this week. He did not indicate what that something would be.

If it’s to announce a manager selection, the choice would have to come from two of the three apparent finalists, Interim City Manager Sage Gerling and Martin Murphy.

The third, Richard “Rick” Finn, has been hired by the city of Watertown as its new manager, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

Finn, whom the Watertown paper said lives in Hilton, Monroe County, last worked in Bay City, Michigan, where he spent three years as city manager. The city commission decided not to extend his contract in 2017.

Before that, Finn was city manager in Peekskill, Westchester County, where he resigned in 2011 after a little over two years. Finn had been criticized for comments at a recorded employee training program in Peekskill that some alleged were offensive and condescending toward African Americans. Finn denied the charge.

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