Montgomery City Manager Wayne Davis announced his resignation today with the City of Montgomery and accepted the city manager position with the City of Centerville, Ohio. The Centerville City Council voted unanimously last evening to approve the hiring of Mr. Davis for the position.
His last day with the City of Montgomery is August 20, 2017. Davis is expected to begin his new position with the City of Centerville on August 21, 2017. In the meantime, he will work with Montgomery Public Works Director Brian Riblet, who will serve as the interim city manager when Davis leaves.
Montgomery City Council is currently working on plans to conduct a search and selection process to identify candidates interested in becoming the next city manager. A sub-committee of City Council will be formed to lead this process and will provide more details as it begins its work.
“Wayne has left an indelible mark on the Montgomery community and will leave a legacy of the pursuit of value-added services, a strong belief in the council-manager form of government, a love of life, people and a desire to work with others to continuously improve our community and region,” noted Mayor Chris Dobrozsi. “Wayne served the City of Montgomery well and we wish him the best as he continues to grow professionally and pursue his career goals.”
Prior to being appointed as the city manager on May 7, 2012, Davis was the assistant city manager for seven years and, prior to that, was the finance director for six years. He has been with the City of Montgomery since 2000.
Working closely with City Council, Davis has contributed greatly to the success of the community and led Montgomery through various key projects:
- Guided the City through the purchase of several key parcels to assemble the Gateway Redevelopment Area project;
- Established substantial shared-service partnerships with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Sycamore Community Schools, the City of Blue Ash, and Sycamore and Symmes Townships;
- Executed several succession planning steps including the consolidation of the community engagement and customer service departments as well as the public works department’s absorption of the recreation function in the City’s organizational structure;
- Oversaw the execution of the 2011-2016 and 2016-2021 Strategic Plans; and
- Under his leadership, the Montgomery Fire Department was recognized by the Insurance Services Office with a Class 2 rating. Communities with a Class 1 or Class 2 rating result in lower insurance costs for their businesses and residents.
“After much thought and consideration, and in consultation with my family, I have decided to resign my position as city manager with the City of Montgomery to accept the position of city manager in Centerville, Ohio, which is my home community. The City of Montgomery is an outstanding local government organization with high performing and dynamic employees and I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this organization and serve this community for the last 17 years,” explained Davis.
Davis began his professional career as a civilian with the United States Air Force, working at the Pentagon. Since moving to Ohio 28 years ago, Davis has worked in local government with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and the Combined Health District of Montgomery County. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in economics and obtained a masters in urban administration from Wright State University. Mr. Davis is also president of the Ohio City/County Management Association.