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City Manager – City of Centerville, Ohio


The Position

The City Manager of Centerville will have the opportunity to serve one of Ohio’s most distinctive and preeminent suburbs. Centerville enjoys strong neighborhoods sustaining a variety of housing and lifestyles, a charming downtown, unique businesses, excellent schools, outstanding city-owned amenities, and a strong financial position. The City looks toward its future, but also appreciates its historic past. It provides security and stability for its residents through consistently strong leadership, dedicated staff, and exceptional services. The City is fiscally sound and has had a history of professional management and political stability. The current City Manager is retiring after 25 years in the position.

The City Council appoints the City Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the City. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council and is responsible for preparation of the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and managing City personnel. The City Manager is also responsible for overseeing all City staff and appointing all department directors.

The City Manager oversees nine direct staff including the Police Chief, Public Works Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Manager, Economic Development Administrator, Assistant to the City Manager, City Planner, Community Resources Coordinator, and the Secretary to the City Manager. The City has a workforce of 161 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The new City Manager will find a skilled and experienced staff in place.

The Organization

Centerville’s City Council consists of seven members who are all elected at-large for four-year, staggered terms, including the Mayor who is the presiding officer. The Mayor and Council are responsible for setting both long and short-term policy, approving the budget, consideration of major developments and projects, and taking necessary actions through its ordinances and resolutions. The City Council appoints and engages the community through many boards, commissions, and standing, ad hoc, and special committees.

Centerville’s total FY2017 general fund budget is $19.7 million. The City of Centerville also has a rolling five-year capital improvement plan (CIP). In 2017, about $12.6 million was budgeted in the first year of the five-year CIP, with $8.4 million set aside for the City’s annual street, sidewalk, and bikeway improvements.

The City of Centerville developed, owns, and operates the nationally recognized Golf Club at Yankee Trace, a 27-hole championship golf course, practice facilities, and a full-service clubhouse with dining and banquet facilities.

The City of Centerville also developed, owns, and operates Benham’s Grove, an 8-acre community gathering location in the center of the City. Benham’s Grove is a restored 19th century farmhouse complex and grounds, hosting hundreds of community and private events each year.


The requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree and ten years of local government experience, including five years of management/supervision. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or related field, ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation, experience in labor negotiations, strong financial management, and a track record of success with intergovernmental relations, economic development, and business and civic engagement. Familiarity with Ohio Municipal Law is preferred but not required.

Residency within the City’s corporate limits is required by the charter and would be expected within six months of starting employment with the City.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Centerville’s next City Manager will be a personable, optimistic, and experienced, local government management professional. This person will be flexible and creative in leading a team-oriented staff working toward common goals with the City Council and the community. He or she will be an effective listener and communicator, at ease speaking with all audiences and using a variety of tools to reach residents and businesses. The City Manager will be an approachable leader and experienced at using creativity to build and maintain partnerships with government, private, and nonprofit organizations. The City Manager will demonstrate a defined customer service philosophy that will be reflected and implemented by staff. The ideal candidate should be open-minded and able to positively receive constructive criticism. The City Manager will be a strong leader who can balance conflicting interests and priorities, yet also be decisive and provide clear recommendations. He or she will be a collaborative team leader, comfortable giving direction and empowering staff to ensure the long-term success of the City consistent with Council’s goals. Centerville’s next City Manager will have proven experience in the City’s top priorities of neighborhood stability, economic development, and city “livability.” The ideal candidate will demonstrate prior success in attracting and encouraging business growth and will possess strong skills in deploying creative and innovative funding tools and incentives to stimulate economic development. He or she will be able to foster relationships and be open to ideas from staff, residents, and elected officials which will help the City deliver high-quality services within its financial constraints. The ideal candidate will be energetic, personally invested in promoting Centerville, and active and visible in the community.

The Community

Centerville is an established suburb of Dayton that is just under eleven square miles and home to approximately 24,000 residents. The City of Centerville is the incorporated portion of Washington Township and was first settled in 1796 and incorporated as a city in 1968. The City received its name because it was located between two rivers and central to other communities like Dayton and Lebanon. The community boasts several parks, libraries, a historic downtown, regional shopping districts, strong neighborhoods, and outstanding City-owned and operated amenities. There is also easy access to a variety of cultural, recreational, shopping, and business activities within the City and in the Dayton metro area.

The City has the largest collection of early stone houses in the state of Ohio. A portion of downtown Centerville is considered an Architectural Preservation District. Many of the buildings in this district represent diverse architectural styles. The preservation district also reflects the downtown era that shaped American towns and cities in the early 1900s. The unique and historic charm of Centerville is preserved by Centerville-Washington History which operates three local museums.

Centerville is close to both public and private schools. The City is served by the Centerville City School District which has two primary schools, six elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. The school district is known for its national achievements in the arts, scholarship, and athletic endeavors. There are also three private schools. In addition to outstanding schools, the Washington-Centerville Public Library is located within the City, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the latest reads in traditional and electronic formats.

The City is served by Miami Valley Hospital South, part of the Premier Health Network. The hospital offers comprehensive medical services, including nationally recognized emergency care and advanced diagnostic technology. Currently, major expansion plans are scheduled for groundbreaking on the Miami Valley Hospital South campus.

Open space comes as second nature to Centerville. In 1959, the Centerville-Washington Park District was created. Centerville is now designated as an Open Space Community due to more than 1000 acres of open space preserved at 50 different parks throughout the Park District. They provide all sorts of recreational uses from nature trails to sports fields. The City has been a long-time Tree City USA.

The City developed, owns, and operates Stubbs Park, a community park that includes walking trails, disc golf, state-of-the-art playground equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, an in-line skating rink, a Veterans’ Memorial, a Firefighters’ Memorial, and the Centerville Community Amphitheatre which hosts numerous musical acts and concerts for Centerville’s “Summer Concert Series.”

Every July 4th, Centerville is host to “Americana,” the largest July 4 celebration in Ohio, which annually brings 100,000 people to the crossroads of Centerville for a parade and all-day street fair, fireworks, entertainment and outstanding summer food selections.

The ongoing Cornerstone of Centerville development is the perfect place for regional shopping and entertainment. This 125-acre mixed-use development is located in the northern end of Centerville at I-675 and Wilmington Pike. The development features a Costco, Cabela’s, Kroger as well as other retail, restaurants, and a hotel. There will also be professional, medical, and corporate offices in addition to a 40-acre residential component that will provide multifamily housing and a senior living community.

Centerville enjoys a strong employment base with top employers including the Centerville Board of Education, Miami Valley Hospital South, Graceworks Lutheran Services, St. Leonard, Kroger, Heartland of Centerville, City of Centerville, Voss Auto Network, Costco, and Fortis College. In addition, the retail and service sectors provide job opportunities to a large number of people. Centerville has a base of over 700 businesses.


The expected hiring range is $130,000-$180,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply at and submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume with salary history, and list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications May 12, 2017. Application materials are subject to release according to Ohio public records laws.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at or 513-221-0500.

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