Piqua hires new city manager

PIQUA — The city of Piqua hired L. Paul Oberdorfer as the new city manager during a special meeting Tuesday. Oberdorfer will fill the position vacated by former manager Gary Huff.

“He’s quite an extraordinary guy with an extensive background,” said Mayor Kris Lee. “He has a lot of qualifications and a lot of experience, (including) public utilities experience. He’s a very impressive individual.”

According to the agreement introduced during Tuesday’s meeting, Oberdorfer’s anticipated start date will be on or before Jan. 11, 2021.

The city manager’s salary is $165,000. Following the annual evaluation of the city manager’s performance in January of each calendar year, an increase in salary may be granted based on the evaluation and the economic conditions of the city, the agreement states.

Additionally, the city will provide a monthly $500 allowance to the city manager in lieu of providing a vehicle, insurance, maintenance or operating expenses. Oberdorfer will be included in PERS (Ohio Public Employee Retirement System).

Oberdorfer currently serves as deputy city manager in Charlottesville, Va. He was permanently appointed to the position in February of this year after serving as the city’s public works director for two years, according to Charlottesville’s The Daily Progress. His resignation from the city of Charlottesville will be effective at the end of this year.

Prior to his stint in public works, Oberdorfer worked for 19 years at the Ohio Department of Transportation, the newspaper reported.

Commissioner Kazy Hinds noted the decision to choose Oberdorfer was unanimous.

“We all came to the decision that he was the candidate for us and I think that speaks volumes for us as a commission and for us as a city, as well,” Hinds said. “(Oberdorfer) comes very qualified and I think he will help lead the vision we’ve set forth forward for us as a city.”