Marysville residents may not notice as their form of government changes Jan. 1.

Marysville residents may not notice as their form of government changes Jan. 1.

A seamless transition that the public doesn't notice is the goal for Marysville City Council as the government changes from mayor- to city-manager-led.

"We don't expect any services to be impacted," said council Vice President J.R. Rausch, who led the Ad Hoc Transition Committee. "Everyday citizens shouldn't notice the change."

Marysville voters approved the change in the city charter in 2013.

Rausch said he sees the change bringing positive things to Marysville.

"We'll have a more efficient government," he said, noting that the mayor position is part time.

Mayor John Gore will retire from public service when his term ends Dec. 31.

The full-time city manager job will be filled by City Administrator Terry Emery.

"We've already had legislation passed where whoever is city administrator will become city manager on 1/1," Rausch said. "The way to look at is the city manager is the CEO and we'll be the board of directors."

Emery came to Marysville in 2011 after serving as director of public service in Gahanna.

"His job will be very similar," Rausch said of the change from city administrator to city manager. "Instead of reporting to the mayor, he'll report to council. Council will elect a president, or mayor, and he will be the liaison to Terry."

According to Rausch, the transition committee considered other options for the new city manager.

"We did discuss whether to do a formal search," he said.

Emery was still fairly new at the time and came to Marysville after a major search.

"We were very pleased with his performance to date," Rausch said.

With having a mayor only in title, council members will now have legislative power and oversight of city administration, Rausch said.

"We want to provide oversight, but not micromanage," he said.

While residents may not notice much of a change in the New Year, council members could. Rausch said they'll be more involved in planning the budget and may interact more with department heads.

"We're also look at adding some work sessions as a council because of oversight of day-to-day operations," he said.

With two years to prepare for the switchover, Rausch said Marysville is ready, but unexpected issues may come up.

"We're prepared and not prepared at the same time," he said. "It's like when you get your driver's license or permit: Until you get your hands on the wheel and drive the car, you don't know how it will respond. We're keeping an open mind about things."