Thursday, October 26, 2000

Oxford manager well known




By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD — Former planning director Jane Howington is Oxford's new city manager.

        Council hired her last week from among nine finalists found during a national search.

        She was acting city manager for the past five months, since Mark Roath left for a manager's job in North Port, Fla. He came to Oxford in July 1997.

        “Jane received an outpouring of support from the community and a number of unsolicited letters,” Mayor William Snavely said. “She also received an incredible show of support from the city staff.

        “For council, it was a pretty easy decision. We have full confidence in Jane. She is the kind of manager who can lead projects as well as people and bring a team spirit to the staff.”

        Ms. Howington said she was overwhelmed by the support of the citizens, residents, council and Miami University students.

        “I've worked for the city since 1996 ... so I know the direction the citizens want to take the community,” Ms. Howington said. “I think we can work well and easily to actually accomplish our goals.”

        Ms. Howington will earn $70,000 a year.
        Her appointment coincides with Oxford's new look. Two weeks ago, the city dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Memorial Park in the center of Oxford's uptown business district. The projects have been discussed for years and represent community spirit.

        For City Council, community spirit wasn't some nebulous term spoken during the city manager selection process. It counted for something.

        “She has a clear commitment to the community,” Mr. Snavely said. “She's not using this job as a steppingstone to another position. She is committed to Oxford. Right now, we're looking for a little stability.”

       



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