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New Village Manager Patti Bates is shown here at the May 22 candidates forum with Rose Pelzl and Harvey Paige.

New Village Manager Patti Bates is shown here at the May 22 candidates forum with Rose Pelzl and Harvey Paige.

Bates named new Village manager

Patti Bates, the current Village administrator of Williamsburg, Ohio, was named the new Yellow Springs Village manager at Village Council’s June 2 meeting. Bates will begin her new job on July 7.

Bates has “an honesty, a straightforwardness about her” that won people over when she came to the Village for a two-day interview process, Council President Karen Wintrow said. Bates was the top choice for the job of both Village staff members and villagers who met all three finalists in small groups. About 40 villagers were involved in the small group meetings, according to Council member Brian Housh, who organized the search process along with Gerry Simms.

Bates is in her eighth year as the top administrator in Williamsburg, which is slightly smaller than Yellow Springs. Before that, she was director of administration at the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Ky. She has a masters in public administration from Northern Kentucky University.

The contract approved at the June 2 meeting commits Bates to at least three years in the manager job, at an annual salary of $99,000. The contract also requires that she move to the village within six months.

For a more detailed story on the new manager, see the June 5 Yellow Springs News.

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