Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Administrator Dina Minneci is poised to leave Liberty Township in November to become the city manager of Indian Hill.Minneci was selected from a field of 45 applicants after a national search to find a replacement for Michael Burns, who is retiring Jan. 18 after 23 years as city manager.
Council members will vote on a three-year contract for Minneci at Monday’s meeting.
“This move is a tremendous opportunity for me personally and professionally,” Minneci said Friday.
“Working in public administration, becoming the township administrator or city manager of any community is a true honor, but to have the opportunity to hold these positions in Liberty Township and a community like Indian Hill is humbling.”
Minneci’s last day in Liberty Township (population 37,300) will be Nov. 6. She begins work with Burns in Indian Hill (population 6,000) on Nov. 12.
There, she will oversee a staff of 75 full-time and 13-part-time employees along with a general fund budget of $10 million, a capital improvements budget of $2 million and a $4 million waterworks budget, Burns said.
“Everybody on council is extremely excited about Dina. All seven of us agreed that Dina would be the perfect fit,’’ said Mayor Mark Tullis, who headed council’s search committee that worked with consultants Management Partners.
“She has a personality that truly suited Indian Hill. We felt she would mesh immediately with our employees, council, and most importantly, our residents. The warmth she exuded, the passion she had was really, really strong.”
Liberty Township trustee Christine Matacic said Minneci would be missed.
“We are very grateful to Dina for her leadership and dedication to our community. She’s been the catalyst for some major projects during her tenure with the township,” Matacic said.
“This community is a better place as a result of Dina’s leadership, passion and drive to succeed. While we are sad to see her go, we wish her the very best in her new endeavor.”
Before being named Liberty Township’s administrator eight years ago, Minneci served as finance director of Wyoming for five years and tax administrator in Fairfield for three years.
A Liberty Township resident, Minneci holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Dayton.
Her Liberty Township salary is $117,450. Compensation details for her new position will be worked out Monday.