Fort Thomas city staff officially has a new leader at the helm
|Ron Dill becomes the next top appointed city official in Fort Thomas at the Oct 19 city council meeting. FTM file.|
By Amanda (Joering) Dibiaso
At their meeting Monday, October 19 city council unanimously approved the hiring of Ron Dill as the city’s new City Administrative Officer.
Dill, who had been serving as interim City Administrator since Don Martin retired from the position in August, is the longest tenured employee in the city, with 28 years of experience in various positions including Assistant City Administrative Officer and General Services Director.
Mayor Eric Haas said the city received 48 applications for the position and interviewed seven or eight candidates, the last being Dill.
“He came into the room, and I haven’t seen so much enthusiasm in a human being in my life,” Haas said. “I’m more excited about this position now with (Dill) at the helm, because I think there’s a lot of good things we can do for the city.”
Dill is nearing 30 years with the city - a milestone that Martin gave as his reason for retiring.
"Once you get to 30 years, the way the (retirement) system calculates your benefit, you end up working for pennies on the dollar. From the financial perspective, it made sense (to retire) at 30 years," Martin previously told FTM.
While Dill is already at 28 years into the public retirement system, he has verbally committed to 8 more years with the city in his new position.
Dill said from the time he accepted his first job in the city as a co-op student in 1985, working for Fort Thomas just felt right.
“It’s not something that I really kind of anticipated going into college, that I would work in public administration, but I took the job and never regretted it,” Dill said.
When contemplating applying for the City Administrator position, Dill said he felt like he had something to offer the city. He said his defining moment came one day when he was driving, thinking about all the improvements that have been made and all the things he still wants to see through.
“This is what I want, this is what works for me, and it still feels right,” Dill said. “I really feel confident that this is where I want to be and finish my career.”
In terms of his goals in his new position, Dill said he hopes to continue the forward momentum that has been created in Fort Thomas that has led to improvements in the city’s parks, business districts and more.
He said a variety of groups and organizations - for example the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy and the city’s schools - have played a big role in these improvements, making the city’s relationship with them very important.
“Creating and maintaining these partnerships is something that’s very important to me,” Dill said. “I’m really looking forward to working with these groups.”
Haas said council has not started the process of hiring a new General Services Director, and that Dill will continue to fulfill those duties until a replacement is hired.
Along with the order appointing Dill to the position, council also held the first reading of an ordinance establishing his yearly salary of $115,000 at the meeting.
|Ron Dill is congratulated after unanimously being named at the next Fort Thomas City Administrator. FTM file.|