New Castle News

June 15, 2013

City narrows director search to seven

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The city of New Castle has narrowed its search for an economic development director to seven people.

A four-person committee will interview four of the candidates Monday and the other three on Tuesday, according to Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo.

In addition to the mayor, the committee members are Councilman Ed Yerage, business administrator Stephanie Dean and community representative James Haas.

Mastrangelo said the city received a total of 100 applications. The list was narrowed to 17, he said, adding some were interviewed in person or by telephone. The list was then narrowed to eight, but one person from Florida dropped out, he said.

Of the seven remaining, two are from New Castle and the others are from elsewhere in Pennsylvania and other states, Mastrangelo said. The breakdown is four men and three women.

The mayor’s original goal was to hire someone by July 1, but he said he doesn’t believe the city will hire someone by then.

“That was my arbitrary target,” Mastrangelo said.

The successful applicant will head a restructured department that includes zoning, planning and code enforcement as well as economic and community development.

The salary for the position is $70,000. City council budgeted half that amount for this year because of the July 1 target date.