A nationwide search for a new York City economic and community development director continues more than nine months after the former director resigned to become a state representative.

With the help of a search firm, the city has narrowed its field of potential replacements to three candidates, said Thomas Ray, the city's deputy business administrator for human resources.

City officials have interviewed eight candidates so far, Ray said. Second interviews with the three finalists are scheduled before the end of March, he said.

The hiring decision is ultimately up to Mayor Kim Bracey, Ray said.

"She's being very diligent and meticulous in making this decision," he said. "She's not taking it lightly."

The vacancy: The person who held the director's position most recently is Kevin Schreiber, who was elected in May to represent York City, West York, North York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township in the state House.

Schreiber announced his intention to seek election in late December 2012. He remained the department director until the May 21, 2013, election.

On May 29, Bracey announced a self-imposed deadline of 90 days to name a replacement.

Shilvosky Buffaloe, the department's deputy director, has been leading the economic and community development staff since.

That supervisory role includes oversight of the city's housing, health and permits and zoning bureaus.

The search: On Aug.


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23, the city hired a private firm to search for a new director, according to a contract provided by the city controller's office.

In exchange for the company's services, the city agreed to pay Gans, Gans & Associates Inc. the equivalent of 25 percent of the new director's salary for the first year of his or her employment.

The city budgeted $79,341 for a director's salary in 2014.

The city also agreed to pay for out-of-pocket business expenses incurred by Gans, Gans & Associates during the search, up to $3,500.

Bracey has not responded to messages left at her office and on her cell phone.

Approached Thursday after a press conference, Bracey refused to comment about the search for a new director.

- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.