5 things to know about Centerville’s new city manager

Newly appointed Centerville city manager Wayne Davis. CONTRIBUTED
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Newly appointed Centerville city manager Wayne Davis. CONTRIBUTED

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.

According to his contract with the city, Davis will assume his role later this year. Here are five things to know about Centerville’s newest city manager:

1. He’s no stranger to Centerville

Davis has been tied to the Centerville community for quite some time, having lived in the city for the past 20 years.

In fact, he’s had ties to the entire Dayton area, having worked for Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and as budget analyst for the Combined Health District of Montgomery County.

2. He received his education locally, too

Davis isn’t just a resident of Centerville, he’s also a graduate of Wright State University. Davis received his master’s degree in Urban Administration from the school in 1997. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Vermont.

3. He comes in as the highest-paid city employee

According to a resolution and attached contract, signed by council members, Davis will receive total annual compensation in the amount of $169,998. According to data from the I-Team Payroll Project, Davis’ predecessor Horn received $178,252 in total compensation in 2016. The next closest city employee would be police chief Bruce Robertson at $127,501.

4. With new job comes great responsibility

Davis will now be overseeing a city more than twice the size of what he’s used to. Montgomery has a population of about 10,000 while Centerville has an estimated population of 23,000.

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5. He’s no stranger to economic development

According to his application submitted to the city, Davis has overseen several economic development projects—The Vintage Club, a gated housing community, the expansion of upscale retirement community Twin Lakes and the Gateway Redevelopment—a land redevelopment project for new homes ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

Centerville is currently in the midst of several residential developments of its own including the Allure, Randall Residence and proposed housing at the ever-growing Cornerstone development.

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