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DeCapua: Shared services can help cut city costs


Upper Arlington City Councilman David DeCapua said he will seek to cut the city's operating costs through shared-service agreements with other communities and organizations if he is re-elected this fall.

DeCapua, 45, a third-generation Upper Arlingtonian, will seek to retain his seat on city council Nov. 5.

A council member since 2009, he is among five candidates -- along with fellow incumbents John Adams and Debbie Johnson and newcomers Carolyn Casper and Kip Greenhill -- vying for four council seats.

He is co-chief executive officer of Dawson, a search, recruiting and staffing firm founded in Columbus in 1946.

DeCapua also is the founder of TalentRooster, a video interview technology company.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 16 years and has two sons and a daughter.

DeCapua said he's running for re-election to put his experience as both a public official and businessman to use for the city and its residents.

"I love my community and desire to give back," he said. "It's that simple. Being a small-business owner and entrepreneur, I bring a unique perspective."

Looking forward, DeCapua said maintaining city services for residents and businesses is the key issue facing city leaders. He said Upper Arlington must look for opportunities to partner with other governments and organizations in order to continue to provide quality services while also attempting to cut spending following the elimination of the estate tax and reductions in local government funding from the state.

"How to continue our robust city services without increasing costs to our residents?" he said. "It can be done.

"(City council must) continue to press sharing services and outsourcing when it makes sense," he said. "We also need to continue taking advantage of technology, which will enable us to operate more efficiently."