Piqua Welcomes L. Paul Oberdorfer as the New Piqua City Manager

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 No Comments

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The City of Piqua is excited to name L. Paul Oberdorfer as the new Piqua City Manager. Paul is joining the City of Piqua with 29 years of public sector experience, most recently as Deputy City Manager for the City of Charlottesville, VA. Paul is an executive with a relentless pursuit of the resolution, willing to do what it takes to achieve community excellence.

Catherine Bogan, Piqua Human Resources Director stated, “Paul Oberdorfer’s passion for service and pursuit of excellence resonated throughout the selection process. I believe the community and the employees will benefit greatly from his leadership.”

Paul will begin with the City on January 11, 2021, where he will progress the city by improving the effectiveness of community engagement, neighborhood redevelopment, and city facilities, equipment, and personnel.

Piqua City Commission approved a resolution extending a contract to Paul on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Piqua Mayor Kris Lee stated, “We are very pleased with the selection of Paul Oberdorfer as the new City Manager.  He brings a wealth of experience and a vision for the future.  The entire commission was unanimous in the decision to select him and I personally believe he will do a great job for the city of Piqua.”

During the hiring process, the Piqua City Commission looked for a candidate that would demonstrate unquestioned integrity, ethics, and the highest standards of professional conduct. Someone who is sensitive to and interested in community history and values, as well as someone who enjoys becoming involved in community events and groups.

“The Commissioners have a clear vision for the future of the City. I intend to spend much of my time the first year listening to the elected officials, residents, businesses, and staff to be fully knowledgeable about the community,” Paul Oberdorfer said.

Paul began his public service career in 1991 as a drafting technician for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), District 4 Bridge Engineering Office.  He spent the next ten years in heavy highway construction inspection and project management in the District 4 Construction Department. Paul was promoted to facility manager at ODOT District 4 in 2005 to operate one million square feet of space, eleven wastewater treatment plants, and six public water systems in six counties.

In 2010, he was selected to join the City of Green, Ohio as Deputy Service Director.  He positively transformed the department’s culture in this role by a “boots on” understanding of each operation and the employee’s perspective.

Appointed to Public Service Director at the City of Green in 2015, he collaborated with Green Local Schools on the Master Recreation Facility Plan adopted by City Council and the Green Local School Board.

Paul was appointed Public Works Director at the City of Charlottesville in February 2017, leading the department toward APWA Accreditation to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction. He led the department on updating and modernizing the IT environment of the department.

In July 2019, the City Manager reorganized departments and created an Operations Portfolio. Paul was promoted to Deputy City Manager over the $100 million Operations Portfolio. As Deputy City Manager, Paul leads four departments with a staff of 338 FTE personnel and $405 million in assets. He oversaw a team of four directors responsible for development/redevelopment, street maintenance, traffic operations, city capital construction of transportation and facilities, engineering, GIS, zoning, building permits, code enforcement, historic preservation, fleet, refuse, facilities maintenance, environmental sustainability, water/sewer/gas distribution, stormwater management, parks & recreation, city events, and property management. Paul is also the development and services liaison to the University of Virginia, Albemarle County, and Charlottesville City Schools.

Paul received his Bachelors of Art in Management from the University of Malone, in Canton, Ohio.

Paul stated, “I am excited to serve with the talented staff at the City of Piqua. Mr. Huff has positioned the City for future growth and revenue generation, and I would like to congratulate him on a well-deserved retirement.”




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