Collinsworth says Goodbye to City


From the Tipp City Herald:

When Tipp City’s David Collinsworth became city manager he told his new employers that, “I would stay five or six years, but perhaps longer if things worked out.”

Well, things did work out and now after more than 10 years in the position, Collinsworth attended his last council meeting Monday evening. His official last day on the job is Dec. 1 and then he moves on to become the new Westerville Ohio City Manager. “In applying for this job, I was really looking for a professional career move and in the process, found opportunities to make new friends and serve a community that has given to me much more than good employment,” he said.

“I wasn’t on the job more than three month, for example, when I learned of the impending birth of my first child, Rachel, and before too much longer, two more would come along. And then there were car accidents, the loss of loved ones, and an ugly diagnosis – but through it all, the community (staff, council members, fellow parishioners and citizens of good will) helped us through it and provided us tremendous support. For this, I am eternally grateful,” he said.

Mayor George Lovett said the two things he judged a city manager on was his technical competence and personal skills in which he gave Collinsworth high marks. He related the first time he worked with Collinsworth was on the Airport Task Force. “Residents in Tipp City and Monroe Township were concerned that the airport’s growth plans would cause additional noise and a decrease in their property values,” Lovett said. “Dave did a superb job in working with the airport and helping to calm residents’ fears.”

Lovett said the city manager showed his technical competence with his oversight of the new Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center and the recently completed water treatment plant which was built in partnership with the city of Vandalia…


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