After serving several decades on city, county and regional governmental bodies in positions of leadership and as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, it is my professional opinion that the citizens of Hilliard would be best served by switching from its current elected mayor system of government of administration to an appointed professional city manager.

A professional city manager would be accountable directly to the members of Hilliard City Council on a day-to-day basis and not to the voters every four years at election time. This would take the politics out of the running of a city of 33,000 people.

These professionally trained administrative managers devote 100 percent of their time to the daily activities of the city, much like a CEO of a large company, not treating this administrative position as some kind of a part-time avocation.

This attention to detail and devotion to community is greatly needed to bring in new growth and development to their municipalities that would, in turn, increase their overall tax base and revenues and, at the same time, still oversee governmental policies and practices.

The time is now for that change of administration from mayor to city manager to occur. Over the past decade or so, other cities in central Ohio, such as Dublin, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Worthington, New Albany and Marysville, have made the positive change to a city manager, for the betterment of their communities. In conclusion, I urge all voters in Hilliard to vote "yes" for Issue 33 on Nov. 6 and commence a much-needed professional change to our administrative structure and to safeguard Hilliard's future.

Chris J. Lewie