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Former Hudson city manager job hired for same job in Brunswick

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: May 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Hudson -- While the city searches for a permanent city manager, the former co-leader of the city has found a new job in Brunswick.

On April 29, Brunswick City Council unanimously voted 7-0 to hire Anthony Bales, 44, as the next city manager pending approval of his contract, according to Vice Mayor Vince Carl.

"Tony has 20 plus years experience as a city manager," Carl said. "We need someone like that in the community."

Brunswick City Council requires three readings, and Bales could start 30 days later or June 19, Carl said. Bales salary will be determined by the contract.

The search took nine months before it was narrowed to the top five candidates for the job, Carl said. Brunswick has 36,000 residents with a mix of residential and businesses and is looking to develop areas with medical and medical technology, Carl said.

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"We have prided ourselves over the past few years to develop the business environment here and not raise taxes on the residents, and we hope to continue that," Carl said. "The businesses pay more in income tax than the residents," he added.

Bales is currently a part-time economic development specialist with the City of Kent.

"I can't thank Kent enough for the opportunity to work in the interim," Bales said.

He said being able to stay in Northeast Ohio was a definite benefit, and he liked a bit of challenge with Brunswick 50 percent larger than Hudson.

Like Hudson, Brunswick is a council/city manager government. Bales said he will learn about the community and organization and work with the city Council to execute their vision for Brunswick.

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"I'm not one to come in and make any radical changes," Bales said. "I'll see what we've got and work with Council."

Northeast Ohio has a huge work force and Brunswick, which is right on Interstate 71, has access and transportation so it's well positioned, Bales said.

"They've done some great [economic] things, and I think we can continue that," Bales said.

His sons will finish school through June in Hudson, and the family will move to Brunswick so they can start school in August.

"We're all excited," Bales said. "It's a great opportunity."

Bales served as deputy city manager for Hudson beginning in March 2005 and was promoted to city manager in July 2006 after the resignation of Douglas Elliott. Bales, whose salary was $122,000, resigned Nov. 20, 2013.

Hudson City Council Nov. 20, 2013, unanimously voted to accept the separation from employment for Bales and appointed Scott Schroyer interim city manager.

The agreement also includes a confidentiality clause, with the city of Hudson and Bales agreeing that "mutually desired to terminate Bales' employment" is the only discloser to others. Both parties agreed to refrain from any negative, critical or disparaging remarks about each other.

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