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published: On Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 09:58
Update: On Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 09:58

By:

Richard Wilson

Editor

YELLOW SPRINGS

– The village director of Yellow Springs is about to retire this summer and the village council has begun the search process for a replacement.

After working a little over four years as village manager, Patti Bates will retire from her position in June. The search for the next village chief nationwide is underway and applications are accepted until February 15th.

Board members chose to find the next village manager without hiring a consultant. The Council is forming an eight-member advisory committee to review curricula vitae and interview selected candidates from the pool of candidates.

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Bates said the "intensive process" would be similar to the way she was originally hired, the difference being a recruitment consultant who was involved in her hiring. Mr. Bates is reminded that he conducted several interviews over the Memorial Day weekend with various "actors", including business leaders and members of the arts community.

"It was a very intensive process, but I think it was a very good process," Bates said. "Everyone has an idea of ​​this person and how they should act in public situations."

In a letter to Council dated December 19th, Council Chair Brian Housh outlined the steps to be taken to hire the new Village Manager. The timeline began last month when the village created a six-page advertisement, describing the village as "an eclectic and politically progressive community of about 3,700 inhabitants" that needs an official competent and dedicated.

The job description lists the priorities of the new village director, including the improvement of infrastructure, the attraction of new businesses and the improvement of the affordability of housing and housing. life in the village.

According to the job description, the salary range will be between $ 85,000 and $ 125,000, with "competitive benefits".

The successful candidate will be selected in April and will start working in June, one month before the last day of Bates, according to Housh's chronology.

Housh said the process was "complete and critical"

"The village is at a turning point with the major initiatives reflected in our 2019 goals and we need a highly skilled person to achieve these goals. That's why we are willing to offer an excellent compensation program, "he said. "For a community of less than 4,000 people, we are running an incredible amount of economic / community development activities and incredible opportunities to lead the region and the country."

Bates said the new director will have a lot to do.

"The village is extremely busy right now," she said. "Affordability in the village is a very important topic right now, and the availability of affordable housing. These two topics do not have an easy solution for a small community that manages its own public service infrastructure. "

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Bates said her immediate plans after retirement would be to relax, but she hopes she will get bored and look for opportunities to continue working. She explained that the highlights of her career in Yellow Springs were the landing of marijuana farmer Cresco Labs and the funding of the construction of the new water supply plant.

"Cresco is definitely a feather in our cap. It took a lot of things to get there, "she said. "You would always like to have done more. The big things that have a direct impact on the village, I think we have progressed, but the work is never finished. You just do what you can do and move on to the next person to continue the improvements. "