Steve Pyles, Wellington’s village manager since 2006, has been chosen over two other finalists to become the new village manager in Granville, Ohio, a city of about 5,600 located just east of Columbus.
“I am thankful for the exceptional opportunity to come to Granville and serve as manager,” said Pyles in a written statement. “Granville has obviously benefited from generations of foresight and good governance and I hope to contribute in a small way to building upon that tradition of excellence.”
He was selected after a national search involving 60 applicants. Three finalists took part in a three-day interview process in Granville.
Pyles is set to begin the new job July 10 with a starting salary of $107,000 — an upgrade from his $89,000 annual pay in Wellington.
“It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. There was no dissatisfaction or anything with Wellington. It’s just considering opportunities and options,” Pyles told the Enterprise this past week while being considered for the position.
He said the village manager’s duties in Granville are similar to his in Wellington. “It’s not too different at all,” he said. “There is a little bit more involvement and influence with the police department in Granville.”
Mayor Hans Schneider said Pyles first told him about applying in Granville two weeks ago.
“It’s definitely a loss for the village,” said Schneider. “He’s been a very good administrator in our community. There’s been a lot accomplished during his tenure here. He was very open with us during this entire process. It’s bittersweet when you lose a valuable piece of your government but we’re happy for him and this new opportunity. I’m sure he’ll do well down there.”
Village council is expected to begin discussions on a new village manager search at its June 20 meeting.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Steve Pyles is leaving as Wellington’s village manager for the same position in Granville.