The city of Centerville has announced that Mark Yandrick has become its next city planner.
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Centerville names new city planner

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Former city planner Andrew Rodney resigned April 12. He had been in the position since 2013, coming from the city of Dayton where he served as principal planner for more than four years. Prior to that, he was the regional planner for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Yandrick has been with the city since June 2008. He’s been in a planning role since 2013 and has been interim city planner since April of this year when Rodney left the position.

Yandrick said his biggest goals for the position he now has full-time include creating avenues for the public to more conveniently do planning and development business with the city along with guiding continued development at Cornerstone and overseeing the city’s GIS program growth.

He added that he will continue to champion implementation of EnerGov, the city’s enterprise resource planning software.

“I’m looking forward to strategically engaging with the Centerville community leaders, businesses and residents to actively promote development and create positive solutions for the long-term vitality of Centerville,” Yandrick said.

City Manager Wayne Davis said Yandrick has a firm grasp on the duties of city planner.

“Mark already has a solid grasp of the planning function and the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. He is a solid addition to our senior staff and will work to enhance our customer service,” Davis said.

In June, Centerville announced that Michael Norton-Smith has been appointed as the city’s new economic development administrator, replacing Holly Christmann, who moved on to become assistant county administrator for Hamilton County.

Christmann came to Centerville from Hamilton County in 2018, where she was employed for 22 years, serving the past five years as director of environmental services.

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On March 4, Laura Filaseta came on board as the city’s first events coordinator. Filaseta previously worked at the Dayton Christian School as its events coordinator.

In March, Community Resource Manager Maureen Russell-Hodgson left the city and took a similar job with Springboro. Russell-Hodgson spent 25 years in city hall. She was replaced by Kate Bostdorrf formerly of WHIO in May and the title was changed to communications director.

In February, Jennifer Brumby resigned as the city’s human resources manager after serving less than a year. Her last day was March 22.

Brumby filled the position left vacant when Jennifer Wilder left in 2018 for a similar position with the city of Oakwood.

Centerville found a replacement for Brumby — Rory Garrity, an attorney who worked as staff counsel for the Cincinnati Insurance Co. Garrity’s first day in her new position was April 4.

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