Village Council

Cundiff gets Sidney post

Village Manager Mark Cundiff will be leaving his job in the village to become city manager in Sidney, Ohio, if the Sidney City Council approves a resolution this Monday, Dec. 19, naming Cundiff as the new manager there.

“We have reached a tentative agreement,” Cundiff said in an interview Friday morning.

Cundiff said the earliest he will leave Yellow Springs will be Friday, Feb. 17, which is 60 days after he gives notice next Tuesday, Dec. 20, if Sidney passes the resolution. Cundiff said he will take little vacation time between now and when he leaves the village, as he aims to try to finish current projects, including the 2012 Village budget. Village Council in that time will be appointing an interim manager, he said.

The Yellow Springs Council faces a time of considerable transition in Village government, as the Village is also searching for an assistant manager, a new position. Current Village Assistant Planner Ed Amrhein and Economic Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Wildman, who the Village had planned to let go at the end of the year, will likely be staying on part-time for a month or two in order to help with the transition, Cundiff said in an interview this week.

On Friday, Cundiff emphasized that he would be leaving his job here, which he’s held for three years, not due to problems but because his family considers Sidney their home. He has had a good relationship with Village Council, he said, and considers Yellow Springs “a great community.”

“I don’t want anyone to think this is about my dissatisfaction,” he said. “This is everything about my wanting this one job and to live in this one community.”

Cundiff previously worked in Sidney city government in a variety of positions, including planner and assistant city manager. His family lived there almost 10 years, which is longer than they have lived anywhere else, he said.

“We feel like we’re going home,” he said.

For a more detailed article, see the Dec. 22 Yellow Springs News.

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