Tim Hansley made a point to attend Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Celebration parade, even when he was no longer living in the city.

This year, he'll do so as leader of the holiday festivities March 18.

Hansley, who served as Dublin's first city manager, from 1987 to 2001, was selected as the parade Grand Leprechaun.

In addition to presiding over the parade, he will judge the over 110 decorated floats participating in the parade.

Although Hansley moved around a bit after his time managing the city of Dublin, serving in government capacities in other cities and counties in Ohio, he recently moved back to the city in which all four of his kids graduated from high school.

"I've always considered (Dublin) home," he said.

Hansley attended Walnut Ridge High School in east Columbus and has degrees in public administration and political science from Capital University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Hansley started managing Dublin in 1987, when it was just a village.

Shortly after, his title changed along with Dublin's new designation as a city.

When he reflects on his time serving Dublin, Hansley said he's proudest of the staff he helped to grow.

"We wanted Dublin to be the place for other cities to emulate," he said.

Bob Adamek worked alongside Hansley while he was a councilman from 1997 through 2001, and the Dublin resident, himself, served as Grand Leprechaun in 2015.

"I worked very closely with Tim Hansley, and I've known him for quite a long time," Adamek said.

Hansley seemed like he was father of the city during his time as city manager, Adamek said.

Any time there was a public event, Hansley was one of the last people to leave, Adamek said.

He said Hansley not only poured his life into Dublin, but he also spent time volunteering for the city.

In addition to serving as president of the Dublin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, Hansley is a volunteer Dublin Community Service Officer.

Fourteen of his 45 years in city and county government were spent as Dublin city manager.

The St. Patrick's Day Celebration parade festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. March 18 with the inflation celebration.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. The procession will start at Metro Place North, then travel north on Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street (state Route 161) and south on High Street in Historic Dublin before ending at Waterford Drive.

The annual Blarney Bash, held by the Dublin A.M. Rotary club, will be held from noon to 11 p.m. March 18 in a large tent at Crawford Hoying, 555 Metro Place North.

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