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LEBANON — The city of Lebanon is continuing to seek a new finance director. 

Upon concluding interviews for the open position, an interview panel unanimously decided to not make a hiring recommendation, according to a press release from the city. 

The city held a public meet-and-greet last week with the two finalists for the position.

Seven had applied for the job, four were invited to the meet and greet and an interview; two candidates had dropped out by the time of last week's meet-and-greet. 

In a phone interview, Lebanon City Manager Gary Marks said that neither candidate possessed the required skill set the city is seeking. 

"We're looking for a unique individual who can bring both serious acumen in finance and also customer service," Marks said. "We haven't found that candidate." 

The city is currently reviewing options to fill the position, which may include re-advertising, contracting with an executive search firm, or restructuring the job duties, according to the release. 

Marks said that it could be a bit early to explain what restructuring the job position entails. 

"I don't completely know what that means yet. Maybe that means thinking outside the box a bit," Marks said. "I don't want to rule out any good ideas at this point. We'll brainstorm all the possible solutions before we move forward." 

The city may hire an interim finance director to help with the upcoming budget process, which begins in January, Marks said. 

"There are individuals who do interim work and they don't desire to have a permanent position," Marks said. "They are often retired, but that's not always the case." 

Assistant finance director Tina Huff has been filling in as the lead finance director since Dean Baugh resigned in July after eight years. 


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