Andrako on board as public service director
A second Gahanna city employee has left that community to accept a job in Marysville.
Mike Andrako, who was Gahanna's deputy service director, is now Marysville's public service director. His first day was Oct. 14.
He follows former service director Terry Emery, who joined the Marysville staff in 2011 as director of administration.
Andrako will be paid a base salary of $85,000 annually, plus $25,000 to $30,000 in benefits, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
He said he enjoyed his time at Gahanna and learned a lot but moving from deputy service director to public service director was a promotion he couldn't pass up.
"Mike almost works too hard," Emery said. "Sometimes I had to send him home at night and tell him the work will still be there tomorrow."
As director of public services, Andrako is responsible for the planning, design, construction and inspection of Marysville's public infrastructure as well as making sure private work done by developers and residents complies with the city's specifications.
He replaces John Mitchell, who retired after 30 years in public service, five of those with Marysville. Mitchell was making $94,000 a year, plus benefits.
During his tenure in Gahanna, Andrako created an automated street-rating system, which enables every street to be rated annually with a handheld GPS unit equipped with GIS software. The technique became popular in other central Ohio communities, and a few years ago, he was hired to use it to rate Marysville's streets.
The result was that a job that once took more than a month was reduced to 20 hours.
Andrako also created a computerized street-maintenance program while he was in Gahanna, designed to streamline the annual paving program, and created multiple databases to streamline project tracking.
Having a system in place that rates streets means those that need the most attention get first priority, Andrako said, instead of just fixing a particular street because the city got a lot of complaints about it. This helps the city plan ahead financially on what streets will be next on the list for maintenance.
He said he wants to learn how Marysville "does things" and isn't here just to make changes.
"My main goal is to help Marysville 'grow smart,' " Andrako said.
ThisWeek Staff Writer Marla K. Kuhlman contributed to this story.
"Mike almost works too hard. Sometimes I had to send him home at night and tell him the work will still be there tomorrow."
-- TERRY EMERY
director of administration