Centerville names new director to oversee street work, public works

Pat Turnbull

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Pat Turnbull

City officials have announced that Pat Turnbull will become the next public works director for Centerville, replacing Doug Spitler who resigned earlier this year to take a similar position in Oakwood.

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Turnbull comes to the city from Montgomery County, where he served most recently as director of Environmental Services and has been at the helm of the community’s water and sewer utility. He also has led the efforts of the county’s Solid Waste District and Transfer Station, where local trash goes.

“I have been a part of the Centerville community for many years in both my role at Montgomery County as well as when I was in private consulting,” Turnbull said. “I am excited to continue to serve the Centerville community in my new role.”

City officials say that Turnbull will be “a key member of the Centerville team as the public works director,” and will make $130,000 per year.

In 2019, the city invested $5.27 million in its street repair program with plans for another $5.37 million in 2020. Public Works recently led a grant-funded initiative to reduce recycling contamination that dropped the city’s contamination rate from 19% to 11%. The crews also provide exceptional leaf pick-up and snow removal services.

“Pat brings an expansive knowledge and vision to the city,” Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said. “He is the right fit to lead our outstanding Public Works Department. We are excited to have him join our team, and we are looking forward to great things together.”

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Turnbull is a U.S. Navy Veteran, professional engineer and trained public administrator who has worked in both the public and private sector leading in the water, wastewater, solid waste and public works fields for more than 15 years.

He graduated from the Ohio State University, where he studied Civil Engineering. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Wright State University.

Spitler spent 15 years with the city of Centerville before leaving for Oakwood and being hired in at a salary of $120,194. The department has experienced recent personnel transition as Public Works Operations Manager Mary Lou Pence retired in July after 30 years with Centerville.

Ben Ankeney was promoted from within the department to fill a redesigned position. The department, like all city departments, expects to see more turnover as several employees will soon reach retirement age according to city officials.

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