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Dayton Hires New City Manager

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the hire of Warren Price as Dayton's new city manager. His first day is Jan. 12.
Ariel Van Cleave

Dayton has a new city manager. Warren Price will take over in January for current manager Tim Riordan, who's resigning after five years in the job.

Price has most recently been working in Canton, Ohio, with the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, where he served as general counsel and human resources director. But before that he was Canton’s director of public safety and public service as well as the city’s chief of staff for about four years.

Price also has served as a zoning administrator and elected official, bringing a combined total of 12 years of local government management experience. He says he was drawn to Dayton because of its history of innovation. Price says though the city is struggling now, he sees a bright future.

“We all know that no one is gonna come to Dayton on a white horse and save the city," he said. "It’s gonna take a collaborative effort with our city government and the folks that have been here far longer than me."

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley called him an “excellent choice” for the role.

“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,” Whaley said.

Price says Dayton needs to focus on its current infrastructure and streets. With better maintenance, he says there could be a domino effect for businesses to flock to the city.

Jan. 12 should be Price’s first day. The Dayton City Commissioners are expected to approve an ordinance during its meeting next week that formalizes the hire. Riordan will remain at City Hall until the end of the month to help with the transition.

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