The city is accepting applications to fill the open planning and development director’s position.
City leaders and the community have been mourning the loss of Beavercreek’s Planning and Development Director Jeff McGrath, who died Jan. 19.
McGrath, 42, had served the city in various capacities since 2000, when he started as an intern, subsequently moving into the planning director’s position in 2007.
The city sent a release Monday, announcing it would accept applications through Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. To apply, applicants should visit www.beavercreekohio.gov and click on ‘Employment’.
“I know without a doubt that Jeff would want us to move forward,” said Beavercreek City Manager Pete Landrum. “It’s not about replacing his shoes, it’s about moving forward. This is very difficult.”
The release listed the full-time position as paying between $90,248 and $115,391 annually.
According to the posting, the director is responsible for the total operations of the Planning and Development Department and all economic development activity within the city.
Applicants should have graduated from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in planning, public administration or other related field, as well as a minimum of five years experience as a planner or economic development professional. The release said candidates with any combination of training or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required would also be considered for the job.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone mentioned the city’s recent recognition as ranking in the top 10 best Ohio locations to raise a family, according to a study released by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
“A part of this is because of Mr. Jeff McGrath,” Stone said. “He was dedicated to making sure that our city moved in a direction that was good for our community.”
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