On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, during a special session, Montgomery City Council unanimously appointed Brian K. Riblet as its newest City Manager.
City Council selected consulting firm Management Partners to conduct a thorough and nationwide comprehensive search for the best candidate. In all, 38 applicants sought this position.
After interviews with the top five candidates, City Council selected Riblet as the best, most-qualified candidate to lead the City of Montgomery and its 100 employees.
“By the end of the first round, after Council and senior staff interviews, Council concluded the search process and determined the best candidate to lead the City moving forward was an obvious choice,” explained Mayor Chris Dobrozsi. “Council and I are happy to welcome Brian Riblet as Montgomery’s next City Manager.”
“I am delighted and honored by the trust and confidence that the Montgomery City Council has placed in me and will work tirelessly to continue the vision and mission that Council has laid out in their strategic plan and guiding principles,” said City Manager Brian Riblet.
Mr. Riblet has served in the capacity of Interim City Manager since August 21, 2017, due to the resignation of Wayne S. Davis, who left Montgomery to take the City Manager position with the City of Centerville, Ohio.
Prior to serving as Interim City Manager, Riblet served as Montgomery’s Public Works Director since 2012. He previously served as the Assistant Public Works Director from 2006 to 2012. He has been employed in various capacities as a public service employee for over 29 years. Riblet brings extensive knowledge and experience in labor negotiations and is responsible for securing over $10 million in grant funds for past, present and future city infrastructure projects.
His prior experience includes 17 years with the City of Defiance, Ohio, where he began his public works career in 1989. Riblet was promoted to Parks and Recreation Director in 1998 where he served four years before being promoted to Superintendent of Streets and Highways in 2002.
In addition to his 29 years of public service work experience, he is currently serving as President of the Public Works Officials of Southwest Ohio (PWOSO), is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and is also a graduate of the Leading, Educating and Development Program from the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.