Mavromatis gets vote of approval

STEUBENVILLE — City Manager Jim Mavromatis will be back for another two years.

At a special meeting Wednesday, council first voted unanimously to proceed with the renewal of Mavromatis’s contract, then went behind closed doors to hammer out the details. They emerged 45 minutes later to sunshine the proposed renewal before adjourning, saying only that none of the specifics will be released until after the deal comes up for a vote at council’s Feb. 26 meeting. The contract would take effect 30 days after passage, on March 26.

Afterwards, council members said they’re pleased with Mavromatis’s performance over the past three years.

“Everyone we interviewed prior to Jim was city manager-trained,” 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul added. “He came in from DEA and has done a great job. Now we’re going to have him for another two years.”

Mayor Jerry Barilla said he’s happy with the extension, saying he thinks Mavromatis “has done a good job as city manager.”

“(He) was born and raised here, he’s truly committed to the betterment of Steubenville,” Barilla said. “I think it’s extra important to have someone in this position who is fully committed to making Steubenville a better, safer place.”

Councilwoman-at-large Kimberly Haun said Mavromatis has a “non-anxiety” leadership style and treats department heads with respect, “and I think it’s earned their respect as well,” while 3rd Ward Councilman Eric Timmons said he’s looking forward to “working with the city manager towards our mutual goal, making Steubenville the best city it can be.”

“There are a lot of positives going on in the city right now,” he said. “And there are some challenges we face and some things we need to work on. It starts with council on down.”

Fourth Ward Councilman Scott Dressel said he’s pleased with the job Mavromatis has done in his first three years on the job, saying if approved the contract renewal would be in effect through March 2021. He also vowed to start the search for Mavromatis’s successor much earlier than that, saying “it’s a hard position to fill.”

Paul recalled how three years ago, he’d voted against offering Mavromatis the job “and in hindsight I’m glad he got it.”

“He’s always available,” Paul said. “He can’t do everything for us, he doesn’t have a magic wand but he tries. He’s a good man, a good, honest man.” writerSTEUBENVILLE — City Manager Jim Mavromatis will be back for another two years.At a special meeting Wednesday, council first voted unanimously to proceed with the renewal of Mavromatis’s contract, then went behind closed doors to hammer out the details. They emerged 45 minutes later to sunshine the proposed renewal before adjourning, saying only that none of the specifics will be released until after the deal comes up for a vote at council’s Feb. 26 meeting. The contract would take effect 30 days after passage, on March 26.Afterwards, council members said they’re pleased with Mavromatis’s performance over the past three years.“Everyone we interviewed prior to Jim was city manager-trained,” 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul added. “He came in from DEA and has done a great job. Now we’re going to have him for another two years.” Mayor Jerry Barilla said he’s happy with the extension, saying he thinks Mavromatis “has done a good job as city manager.”“(He) was born and raised here, he’s truly committed to the betterment of Steubenville,” Barilla said. “I think it’s extra important to have someone in this position who is fully committed to making Steubenville a better, safer place.”Councilwoman-at-large Kimberly Haun said Mavromatis has a “non-anxiety” leadership style and treats department heads with respect, “and I think it’s earned their respect as well,” while 3rd Ward Councilman Eric Timmons said he’s looking forward to “working with the city manager towards our mutual goal, making Steubenville the best city it can be.”“There are a lot of positives going on in the city right now,” he said. “And there are some challenges we face and some things we need to work on. It starts with council on down.”Fourth Ward Councilman Scott Dressel said he’s pleased with the job Mavromatis has done in his first three years on the job, saying if approved the contract renewal would be in effect through March 2021. He also vowed to start the search for Mavromatis’s successor much earlier than that.

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