Miami Twp. director leaving to lead Miami County village



A longtime member of a growing Dayton area community’s administration is moving on.

Kyle Hinkelman, Miami Twp.’s deputy director of community development, starts Dec. 14 as village administrator of Covington in Miami County.

Hinkelman started his tenure with Miami Twp. as planner in January 2008. He was promoted to assistant director of planning and zoning in June 2014, a role that was renamed “deputy director of community development in 2015.

Director of Community Development Chris Snyder said Hinkelman has worked on numerous projects throughout his time with the township, ranging from Austin Landing to the Dayton Mall Area Master Plan.

“His service to the community and efforts to bring value to each project is greatly appreciated and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Snyder said.

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Hinkelman’s last day with the township is Dec. 11. His position will not be immediately filled.

“We are looking at potential changes to the positions within the department and that is why we have not advertised at this time,” Snyder said. “This is simply an opportunity to see if we desire to make any other changes before filling this pending vacancy.”

Hinkelman said departing the community is “extremely emotional” for him.

“(I’m) sad to leave the Township, but extremely excited to be a part of all the of the great things that Covington has going on,” he told trustees during Tuesday night’s meeting.

In a Nov. 16 resignation letter addressed to Snyder, Hinkelman said his 13 years with the township have been “some of the most educational, productive and most importantly enjoyable” in his life and thanked Snyder for allowing him to grow into the position, making it his own.

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“You have enabled me to get experience in several areas of planning, economic development, budgeting, and even IT,” Hinkelman said. “I cannot express my gratitude for your leadership, friendship, and mentorship throughout the last 13 years. This community would not be what it is today without you.”

Hinkelman said he was his departing his current role because it is time to continue his career pathway toward leading an organization.

“The reason I am leaving is because the opportunity that I have is amazing and cannot be passed up, not because I don’t love and respect everyone at the township or love my job,” he said.

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