Centerville makes personnel changes in city hall

Centerville city leaders have announced personnel changes, as longtime Community Resources Manager Maureen Russell Hodgson is leaving her position and John Davis, who has been handling communication duties for the police department, will fill her spot on an interim basis.

The city announced that the move would be made this week after Hodgson decided to leave her post and move into a similar job with Springboro.

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Davis is also the police department’s public information officer, and he said he will continue in that role while serving the city’s communication duties on an interim basis. No timetable has been announced to find a permanent replacement.

At the city’s annual employee recognition service awards held in December, Russell Hodgson was honored for 25 years of service to Centerville.

For the past year, the city has been busy filling several key positions in city hall.

Former police chief Bruce Robertson retired in February of last year, and Nathan Cahall left his position as economic development administrator.

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Holly Christmann was named the new economic development administrator to replace Cahall.

Christmann comes to Centerville from Hamilton County, where she was employed for 22 years, serving the past five years as director of environmental services. As director, she worked with county environmental initiatives, managed a $7 million budget and worked closely with businesses and communities.

Last July, Centerville appointed Matt Brown to serve as the city’s police chief, and also named Mariah Butler Vogelgesang to the position of assistant city manager.

Brown is a 1993 graduate of Brookville High School and has been a member of the Centerville Police Dept. since 1998.

“Matt Brown is an excellent example of some who is loyal, hard-working and smart, and who epitomizes the selflessness required of a public servant in law enforcement,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in a statement.

A native of Zanesville, Vogelgesang is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the University of Dayton School of Law.

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Centerville also hired Jennifer Brumby to fill the position of human resources manager, which was another position the city had sought to fill, according to Wayne Davis.

Brumby filled the position left vacant when Jennifer Wilder left the city and accepted a similar position with Oakwood.

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