Centerville city manager to step down after 25 years of service

Greg Horn, who has served as Centerville’s city manager since 1992, will retire next year, after delaying his retirement several times in the past.

Initially, Horn was set to retire in April, but altered it to see the passage of Issue 3, a city income tax increase request that appeared on the November ballot.

“I thought that was a good time to end my employment, on a positive note with Centerville,” Horn said. “For the next six months I will continue to serve the community to the best of my abilities. I look forward to working with the next city manager if they’re on board by that time to make the transition very smooth and seamless as possible.”

Before coming to Centerville, Horn served as the city manager for Tipp City for seven years, Village manager in Minerva, Ohio for five years and as city administrator in Hermann, Mo. from 1978 to 1980. Horn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and then a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

As for post-retirement plans, Horn has no idea what’s on the horizon for him.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I don’t have any definitive plans at this point in time,” Horn said.

Horn’s last day will be July 5, 2017—25 years to the date when he was hired as city manager.

Some of Horn’s—and Centerville’s—biggest accomplishments during Horn’s tenure included the resolution of the 10-year dispute with Sugarcreek Twp. over the Cornerstone property, the Yankee Trace housing development, which Centerville mayor Brooks Compton said “would not be there were it not for Greg Horn,” and the passage of Issue 3—a .5 percent income tax increase which earned over 57 percent of resident’s vote in November.

“When you think of the city manager form of government, he’s the consummate city manager,” Compton said of Horn.

The city is currently discussing methods they’ll use to find a replacement—whom Compton says will have “big shoes to fill”—including hiring an independent search firm that specializes in hiring high-ranking city officials. Compton expects the process to take two to four months from the time interviews are conducted and decisions to be made.


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