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Jan 09

Welcome letter from Mayor Greta M. Kearns

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!

Yours,

Mayor Greta M. Kearns