SIDEBAR: Candidate Patti Bates rose to top
- Published: June 5, 2014
While Village Council has not yet made an official decision regarding who will be the new Village manager, the people’s choice was Patti Bates, according to Council member Brian Housh on Tuesday.
“She’s the person who rose to the top from citizen feedback,” Housh said.
Bates visited Yellow Springs last Thursday and Friday for a two day meet-and-greet with villagers and Village staff, along with the other two finalists for the position, Dave Elmer of Pierce Township and Bob Kellogg of Sewell’s Point, Fla. Bates is the current Village administrator of Williamsburg, Ohio, a position she’s held since 2006. Elmer is the former Township administrator of Pierce Township and Kellogg the former Town manager of Sewell’s Point.
Bates and Elmer both received high marks after the candidates’ public forum Thursday evening, but Bates was the first choice of villagers who met the candidates in small groups, according to Housh. Many were impressed with the experience of all three finalists, so the deciding factor seemed to be the question of who would be a “good fit” and provide consistency to the village, he said.
Council expects to announce the new manager at its next regular meeting on Monday, June 2, following an executive session.