DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton City Commission has chosen Warren Price to be the next city manager.
Price will start on January 12, 2015. He will replace outgoing City Manager Tim Riordan, who announced his resignation in October.
According to a news release, Price served as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Director of Public Service in Canton, Ohio from 2009 to 2013. He also assumed the role of Public Safety Director for his last four months in office.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, “This is the first time in 12 years that the City Manager comes from outside our organization; we believe that he will bring a new perspective on challenges and opportunities in the community. His perspective will work well with the deep experience City employees bring to work each day and will lead to the best ideas being implemented in Dayton.”
Price tells 2 NEWS, Price says the number one thing Dayton needs to focus on is maintaining basic governmental services and he plans to use his experience working for a city with a distressed economy to do that.
He said Dayton’s energy and innovative culture drew him to the job.
Price tells me he knows there are challenges with Dayton’s economy but says his main goal is to maintain city services at a high level while growing the community while working within our means.
“Growing the general fund through population growth and through investment in Dayton is what we are going to have to find a way to do and continue doing and that’s the key. I’m not coming into Dayton with any delusions that we are going to get some windfall of revenue or that we are going to be in a position that it would be fair to go to the people of Dayton and ask them for more money,” said Price.
Price will start his new role as city manager on January 12th. Current city Manager Tim Riordan will be helping with the transition until the end of the month.
Price will be making $160,000 a year with standard benefits.