Centerville’s new city manager is a 20-year resident

The city of Centerville has found its new City Manager in current Montgomery city manager Wayne Davis.

Davis’ appointment to city manager was approved by a unanimous vote by city council during a special meeting Monday.

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Davis will replace long-time city manager Greg Horn, who retired from his position last week.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed as the next City Manager of Centerville,” Davis said in a statement. “I have lived in the community for more than 20 years, and I am very fortunate to now live and work in a community that is of the highest quality due to the outstanding and visionary leaders on city council, the professional staff members who comprise the City of Centerville team, and the residents, businesses and institutions who are the community.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity and privilege to serve the entire community.”

When asked for votes by Mayor Brooks Compton, Council Member Willis Serr said “absolutely” indicating his desire for the hiring of Davis.

“I’m confident we made the right decision,” Serr said.

Thirteen applicants were considered for the position before the city cut the pool to five.

Davis has a three-year contract with the city, beginning Aug. 21 and ending July 21, 2020.

Davis will also become the city’s highest-paid employee at $169,998 of total compensation for his first year of employment, according to the resolution presented to council members.

In 2016, Horn received $178,252 in total compensation from the city, according to data from the Dayton Daily News I-Team payroll project.

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Davis worked for Montgomery for 17 years. He served as city manager for five years, assistant city manager for seven years and finance director for five years.

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During his time in Montgomery, Davis has overseen several economic development projects, including the Vintage Club, a gated housing community; the expansion of Twin Lakes, an upscale retirement community; and the Gateway Redevelopment, a land redevelopment project for new homes ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

Davis said those projects created 1,600 to 2,000 jobs and added more than $200 million in enhanced property values to the community.

Montgomery, a city in Hamilton County, is about half the size of Centerville’s 23,000-plus population.

Montgomery Mayor Chris Dobrozsi said Davis left an “indelible mark” on Montgomery during his tenure.

“Wayne served the city of Montgomery well and we wish him the best as he continues to grow professionally and pursue his career goals,” Dobrozsi said in a press release.

Before working for the city of Montgomery, he worked for Montgomery County in several roles, including as a management analyst for Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and budget analyst for Combined Health District of Montgomery County.

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Davis received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont, attended United States Air Force Budget Officers School and received his a master’s in urban administration from Wright State University.

Jennifer Wilder, who was appointed to interim city manager last month, will continue in that role until Davis starts.