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Village Manager – Granville, Ohio


The Position

The Village of Granville operates under a Council-Manager form of government.  Council is comprised of seven members, elected at large for four-year terms.  Council elects a member to serve as Mayor for a two-year term and a member to serve as Vice Mayor for a two-year term.  Village Council appoints the Clerk of Council and the Village Manager.  The manager serves as the chief executive and administrative officer, and is responsible for all other administrative appointments.

The Granville Village Manager is responsible for the administration of all municipal affairs as assigned by the Council and under the Charter.  The manager prepares and submits an annual budget, a capital improvements program and administers appropriations therein.

There are eight department directors that report to the Village Manager: Police Chief, Clerk of Council/Executive Assistant, Finance Director, part-time Law Director, Service Director, Water Superintendent, Wastewater Superintendent and Planner.

The Organization

The Village of Granville has 38 full-time employees and approximately 20 part-time employees.  The 2015 general fund budget is $4,482,094 with a Water Fund budget of $915,681 and a Wastewater Fund budget of $800,779.

In addition to the above mentioned departments, Granville has an Income Tax Commissioner and operates a Mayor’s Court.

The police department has 22 commissioned law enforcement officers (7 full-time FOP members) and six civilian employees. In addition to providing law enforcement for the community, the police department also supports Denison University Safety Department.

The service department (AFSCME represented) maintains about 26 miles of roadways within the Village and the trees located in the public rights-of-way.  The Village contracts with a private firm for residential trash and recycling removal.  Granville operates a water treatment plant and distribution system, and a wastewater treatment plant and collection system. The planning and zoning department works to enhance and protect the residential neighborhoods, downtown, the natural areas, and the historic resources, for which the community is known.

The Granville Township Fire Department (GTFD) provides fire and EMS services to the Village as well as portions of two other townships.  The GTFD operates from a single station located in the downtown area of the Village.

The Village maintains and manages more than 87 acres of park property partnering with the Granville Recreation District (a separate tax supported entity).  The Recreation District manages its own parks, provides for recreational opportunities for all ages, and sponsors special events.

Each Village department and community partners together to achieve Granville’s goals, last defined in 2016 by Village Council:

  • Ensure pedestrian safety
  • Invest in infrastructure
  • Encourage staff professional competence and resident support
  • Maintain financial diligence using multi-year planning
  • Work with other local governmental entities for economic sustainability
  • Encourage citizen participation in Village government
  • Encourage environmental sensitive standards and practices


Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree and five years of local government experience with at least three years management/supervision experience.  Preferred qualifications include a Master’s in Public Administration, ICMA-Credentialed Manager, strong fiscal and project management expertise.  Candidates with experience working in small, historic towns and/or college towns are also desirable.  Residency for the next Village Manager is encouraged, but not required.

The Ideal Candidate

Granville’s next Village Manager will be both strategic and operationally excellent by anticipating challenges, proactively capturing opportunities and resolving issues.  The manager will work collaboratively in identifying solutions, making decisions and using diplomacy to advance the agenda for action.  He or she will become part of the Granville community.  The Village Manager will develop strong relationships with the Mayor, Council, business community members, Denison University, Township Trustees, school district staff, community leaders, and residents.  Granville’s Manager will honor and preserve the community’s character, while identifying ways the community can prepare for future growth to ensure that such growth occurs in a thoughtful, measured, and fiscally sustainable manner.  The ideal candidate will appreciate the unique identity of Granville, its commitment to high levels of service, responsiveness, and integrity.  He/she will enhance the organizational culture by modeling ethics, friendliness, competence, cooperation, and service.

The Community

The Village of Granville has “New England charm in the heart of Ohio.”  Granville, with a current population of 3,546, is 7.2 square miles and is located in Licking County in east central Ohio along the western edge of the Appalachian Plateau, about 35 miles from Columbus.  The Village is home to Denison University, established in 1856.  The University is a premier liberal arts college, offering education in the natural sciences, humanities, social studies and fine arts.  It has a student population of about 2,200, not counted as part of the overall Village population.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy a vibrant downtown hosting many events which complement and support a number of restaurants, shops, galleries, spas, a book store, gift shops and specialty stores that line the quaint, tree-lined streets.  There are also a myriad of cultural, educational (Denison) and historic sites to enjoy in and around Granville.

The Bryn Du Mansion, built circa 1905, sits on 52 acres, is managed by the Bryn Du Commission and owned by the Village. The grounds are home to seven buildings including a field house, carriage house, pump house, gardener’s cottage, laundry cottage and horse barn.  It is a popular venue for weddings, banquets, tradeshows and sporting events.  Bryn Du is also home to the annual Bryn Du Art Exhibition, a juried exhibition featuring recent works by regional professional and non-professional artists of 2D and 3D art.  “Alligator Mound” is located at the end of Bryn Du Drive, on top of a bluff overlooking the Raccoon Creek valley and one of two great animal effigy mounds built by Ohio’s prehistoric people.

Other sites within the Village include the Buxton Inn built in 1812 with a ballroom, stagecoach court, and dining facilities.  It is Ohio’s oldest continuously-operated inn in its original building in the state.  The Buxton Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Directly across the street from The Buxton Inn is the historic Granville Inn, owned by Denison University.  The Inn was recently restored to its original English Tudor grandeur.  The Denison Museum in Burke Hall houses art collections and exhibition spaces for Denison University.  It has nearly 8,000 pieces from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and Central America.  The Avery-Downer House and Robbins Hunter Museum is a historic house museum furnished with 18th and 19th century decorative arts acquired by the original owners.

Throughout the year, there are a variety of events held in the Village, including a Farmers’ Market, the Daffodil Show, A Taste of Granville, Concerts on the Green, a four-day July 4th celebration, a community picnic, Bluesfest, Porsche Show, chili cook-off, trick-or-treating, and a holiday Candlelight Walking Tour.
Granville is served by the Granville Exempted Village School District.  GEVSD is one of Ohio’s best public school districts with 2,500 students.  The district earned an “Excellent with Distinction” rating on the most recent Local Report Card for the state of Ohio, which is the highest classification awarded by the Ohio Department of Education.  For the tenth consecutive year, the Granville district exceeded every state indicator for testing proficiency, attendance, and graduation rates.

In addition, the Village enjoys the presence of the Ohio State University – Newark Campus, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and C-TEC, the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County in nearby Newark.


According to the 2010 census, Granville’s median household income is $81,064.  The median value of a single-family home is $292,542.  The median age of Granville residents is 37 (not including Denison University students).

The majority of Granville’s population is white.  The following table illustrates the racial makeup of the community according to the 2010 Census.

Race Percentage
White 91.9%
Asian 3.6%
African American 2.1%
Two or more races 1.7%
Other races 0.6%
Native American 0.1%
Hispanic or Latino 2.7%


The expected hiring salary range is $100,000 – $120,000, depending on qualifications with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

This position has been filled and is no longer available.

Thank you for your interest.

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply online at and include a single document with cover letter, resume with salary history, and list of 3-5 professional references (submit one Word or PDF document please). Application materials are subject to disclosure under Ohio public records laws. Open until filled with first review of applications April 25, 2016. Just click the button to get started.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 240-832-1778.

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