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Centerville looking to fill key leadership positions

The City of Centerville has the help wanted sign out and is looking to make some new hires and that includes an aggressive search for three key positions including a new police chief.

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Wayne Davis, Centerville city manager, said recently posted positions for police chief, assistant city manager and economic development administrator were made on April 27.

Pay range for these positions include: assistant city manager ($103,000-$135,000), police chief ($99,568-$131,172) and economic development administrator($69,037-$101,525) depending on qualifications.

Davis discussed what the city is looking for and why it is seen as crucial to fill the openings.

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“We posted three senior management positions for hiring in the city,” Davis said. “We expect that there will be substantial interest in these positions both internally and outside of the city. Two of these positions are open due to attrition, while the assistant city manager position has been within the city’s Table of Organization and Budget, but has not been filled for several years.”

He added that the eventual new hires will be part of the city’s desire to have a strong leadership and management team.

“These positions are critical for our leadership and management team and to help us with service delivery, the development and support of our business base and the safety and protection of our community,” Davis explained. “To fill these we are looking for unique leaders and professionals who possess values consistent with our community, City Council, staff and partners.”

The positions have a deadline of May 25 for those interested in applying and Davis said the timeline to have them filled will be a quick turnaround.

“We expect to have these positions filled in the July time-frame, which will be just in time for these senior management positions to contribute to the implementation of the city’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan,” he said.

Former chief Bruce Robertson retired in February. Nathan Cahall left his position as economic development administrator and it became available at posting, April 27, according to Community Resources Coordinator Maureen Russell Hodgson.

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Davis also announced the appointment of Jennifer Brumby to the position of human resources manager, which was another position the city had been actively looking to fill.

Her responsibilities include recruitment, benefits administration, employee relations and personnel policy compliance.

Brumby, an attorney, was previously employed at Poling Law in Beavercreek and Freund, Freeze & Arnold in Dayton, where she specialized in employment, business, family and medical malpractice law.

She was also appointed as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County and served in special prosecutions for the office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University and she earned a law degree from the University of Toledo.

Brumby fills the position left vacant when Jennifer Wilder accepted a similar position with the City of Oakwood.

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