Kettering names new city manager

Matt Greeson one of four candidates interviewed for top post.

The city of Kettering announced Friday morning that it has named its next city manager.

Matt Greeson was selected to succeed Mark Schwieterman, who will continue his role through Dec. 31. Greeson takes the top post on Jan. 1, but he is expected to start Dec. 12 in a transitionary capacity.

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“I am honored that Kettering’s mayor and City Council are providing me the opportunity to serve as the city’s seventh city manager,” said Greeson, who has served as city manager since 2007 for the Columbus suburb of Worthington. “Kettering is a vibrant and friendly city known for its safety, inclusivity, innovation, economic vitality and natural beauty. … My family will soon call Kettering home, and with that comes a strong commitment to this community and a vested interest in providing the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive.”

Greeson, 51, was one of four candidates interviewed in September for the position. City Council is scheduled to vote during its 7:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting on a resolution to approve Greeson’s contract. His base salary will be $200,000, Kettering Mayor Peggy Lehner said.

“It is City Council’s goal to ensure that Kettering’s next city manager brings outstanding, proven leadership skills to the position to continue the level of service at which residents and businesses are accustomed,” Lehner said. “Mr. Greeson succeeds six incredible leaders who have furthered the health and vitality of our city, and City Council is confident in his ability to enhance Kettering’s vision and strategic framework through sustainability, connection and resiliency.”

The city began a nationwide search earlier this year after Schwieterman, 57, announced he would retire after a 33-year career with Kettering, including 16 years as city manager.

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Greeson has more than 26 years of local government experience and earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s in political science from Stetson University. He worked for Volusia County, Florida, starting in 1995 as assistant, interim or deputy county manager from 2003-2007, according to his resume.

If his contract is approved, Greeson will become the Kettering’s seventh city manager, but only its third of the past 32 years.

Staff Writer Nick Blizzard contributed to this report.

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