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Murray a finalist for Cincinnati job

Sylvester Murray, Ann Arbor city administrator since 1973, is reportedly one of five finalists for the post of city manager in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Murray, who says he is not actively seeking another job, acknowledged he was sought out as a candidate for the post by a California professional recruiting firm. He said he has received no official word that he is a finalist, but added he had been told by a representative of Korn-Ferry International Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., that he might be a finalist.

“THEY CALLED ME,” said Murray and he told The News he would attend a job interview in Cincinnati if asked but has not decided if he would take the position if offered.

“Careerwise, I still think I have more time in Ann Arbor before wearing out my welcome... My goal was to stay in Ann Arbor 10 years. I’ve only been here six.”

Murray said he has usually responded to possible job offers saying he’s not interested.

But Murray, who has been highly visible among his peers as vice-president of the International City Managers Association, among other activities, says he has sometimes been considered for jobs simply because a black man is needed for a list of candidates.

MURRAY SAID TOO, he has allowed his name to be entered for other jobs so public officials recruiting administrators cannot say there are no qualified blacks in the country.

Cincinnati newspapers report the leading candidate for the job is Acting City Manager Martin P. Walsh Jr. Walsh, who has been a department head with the Cincinnati municipal government, was named acting manager in June when former manager William Donaldson left Cincinnati to take the post of director of the Philadelphia zoo.

The city manager’s job in Cincinnati, a city of 450,000, is listed as one of the top positions in the country in municipal administrative circles.