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Posted on January 18, 2020 at 4:25 PM by Laura Oldham
Posted on January 10, 2020 at 5:57 PM by Laura Oldham
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Veteran Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky promoted to Director of Operations and Chief of Staff
Mayor Kearns appointed former Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky to the key leadership post in her administration Monday. For nearly a dozen years, Dvoraczky has worked to stabilize the City’s financial condition as he lent his expertise in public finance to create redevelopment opportunities in Grandview Yard and, more recently, Grandview Crossing, while leading the bonding for the Grandview Municipal Swimming Pool and Wyman Woods shelter house improvement. He knows each department from the inside out through developing years of capital and operating budgets and related interaction with the directors and staff of every department. Dvoraczky’s careful guidance on conservative spending within solid revenue projections and long term fiscal strategy has allowed the City to earn a coveted AAA rating for our capital improvement debt as the City considers other projects, such as planning for the construction of a modern fire and police municipal complex at Goodale & Grandview Ave. Dvoraczky will leverage his intimate knowledge of City operations in this new position as the community continues to build on its desirability as a place to find housing, job and recreational opportunities.
Director Dvoraczky is a true team player who has a great temperament and quick wit. He is beloved by City staff as well as his beautiful and talented wife Vickie and daughters Lilla and Ava.
Leveraging technology a 2020 priority
The City has hired a full-time information technology consultant as an interim solution while Mayor Kearns structures her administration to modernize the City’s internal capabilities. The City has no Director of Information Technology on staff; Fire Chief Steve Shaner has been covering that role, the duties of which have dramatically increased with the information age. On January 6, Brian Lee joined the City as its IT Consultant. Lee served as a police officer with the Columbus Division of Police for about 20 years, serving both on the street and with 911 operations. He retired from the force after an on-the-job injury sustained in Franklinton. He already has a running start in Grandview Heights operations, as he started performing IT work as a consultant for the Grandview Heights Police Department in 2013. We are excited to have Brian’s expertise as we continue to leverage technology and innovate to provide the highest possible service levels to residents.
Edwards joins Council
Ryan Edwards has joined Council after the uncontested Nov. 7 election that returned Emily Keeler to Council and gave Rebekah Hatzifotinosher first full term. Edwards brings land-use planning skills and community development expertise to his legislative role. He has worked as Assistant Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of Central Ohio for nearly two of the eight years he has worked for the regional nonprofit. He and wife Lauren lived in a Grandview fourplex before moving into a nearby Columbus home in 2008. During those years he served as a 5thby Northwest Commission board member and, not quite concurrently, worked four years as a land planner for the Licking County Planning Commission. The couple bought their West First Avenue home in mid-2017 as their twin girls reached school age. They also have a younger daughter in school. Mayor Kearns appointed Edwards to the Sustainable 2050 Committee of MORPC and newly-elected Councilwoman Keeler appointed him to chair the Economic Development committee of City Council and serve on the Finance Committee.
10 vie for open seat on Council
Mayor Kearns’s election in November and subsequent swearing in as mayor on New Year’s Day opened up her seat on Council. Clerk of Council Leilani Napier reports ten Grandview Heights residents have applied to serve the last two years of the remaining term. Those seeking the Council seat are:
Council President Emily Keeler expects Council to select a new member by early February.
Town Topics is a weekly update from Mayor Greta M. Kearns and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org.
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Posted on January 9, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Laura Oldham
Happy new year and welcome to the 20s from your new Mayor!
I was delighted to win at the polls November 5th with such an overwhelming level of support. Thank you for the high degree of trust in my leadership. This voter endorsement of our strong local government and core values here in Grandview Heights reinforces my conviction that we live in the best community in Central Ohio. Our accomplished and talented City Council was sworn in and unanimously selected new President Emily Keeler on Monday night, and I am eager to work with them. As I say good-bye to Mayor Ray E. DeGraw and his team and complete my first full week in office, I am inspired more than ever by the dedication of those who served this community in the past few decades and are committing to serve in the future. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the transition and update residents as I take the helm after months of preparation.
Here at City Hall, we have been busy. I took the oath of office at noon on January 1st with the support of current and former elected officials, family, friends, and first responders on duty. The preceding week was emotionally exhilarating and draining at the same time, as Mayor DeGraw and his administrative team cleaned out their offices, passed the torch and imparted final nuggets of accumulated wisdom and experience in an unprecedented bittersweet transition. It has been a real privilege to take the reins with the guidance and endorsement of the outgoing city administration. We had many brainstorming and strategy sessions since election day regarding how best to enhance our high quality public services in this City as we modernize and innovate for the future. I’ve already led my first Cabinet meeting and have had extensive 1:1 sessions with our talented Directors who have deep expertise and day-to-day responsibility for the City’s core public safety and service operations: Police, Fire, Services, Parks & Recreation, and Building & Zoning. They impress me with their dedication more and more each day.
I’ve saved the best for last. I could not be more excited about the appointment and promotion of two key Directors: Bob Dvoraczky and Megan Miller. Director Dvoraczky has led our award-winning Finance Department for nearly 12 years with the strong support of Director (formerly Assistant Director) Miller for a decade. Much of our success as a City directly results from their fiscal leadership and vision. As the City transformed its commercial tax base from post-war industrial brownfields into modern multi-use development during that same time period, their keen fiscal strategy and sense of public stewardship have elevated the City from economic distress into recovery, and have achieved the coveted AAA bond rating. In doing so, both have consistently earned the trust and respect of elected officials, Directors, partners, and outside professionals. I’m thrilled to have the impressive intellect and forward-thinking philosophy of Director Dvoraczky on my administrative team as we turn the page on one era and begin a new one. City Council spoke with one voice and without hesitation Monday night, elevating Director Miller to the top Finance post in a resounding endorsement of her leadership ability. Welcome aboard!
Mayor Greta M. Kearns