Kyle Kridler got a new job and a new baby son in June -- not exactly simultaneously, but close enough.

Kridler became Delaware's new assistant city manager June 9. He was selected from a field of 91 applicants and succeeds Jackie Walker, who retired after 27 years with the city, the past five as assistant city manager.

Two and a half weeks into his new job, Kridler's wife, Maria, delivered their son, Leonardo. That gave Kridler his first time off in Delaware -- two weeks spent at home with his wife, new baby and 2-year-old daughter, Daniella.

"I came back working through the transitions of learning the new job and organization and a newborn. It's all wonderful -- but not as much sleep as we would prefer," Kridler said.

Before coming to Delaware, Kridler worked as an economic-development administrator for the city of Dublin, leading development efforts in its Historic, Bridge Street and Perimeter Commerce districts.

Among other accomplishments, he helped bring about 10 new businesses with at least 30 employees each to those districts, he said.

Dublin's development staff members also work to help businesses expand or stay in the city, Kridler said, with its efforts extending even to small startups with only one or two employees.

He earlier served two years as a management assistant in the Dublin city manager's office and three years for the city of Westerville in administrative services, overseeing human resources, procurement and city-owned facilities and construction projects.

Lee Yoakum, the city's spokesman, said the assistant city manager partners with City Manager Tom Homan to oversee city operations, including labor relations, procurement, sustainability, human resources, risk management, health-care administration and oversight of the administrative-services department.

"Kyle has broad experience in local government management and a passion for public service. He comes highly recommended from the city of Dublin's executive team," Homan said in a news release.

Kridler said among other key projects, he's involved in the continuing process of evaluating downtown Delaware's parking.

Working with Delaware City Council's parking committee, the city's administration plans to make recommendations to council "for what I would call a downtown parking-management strategy," Kridler said.

The process will include a downtown parking analysis, he said.

With considerable reinvestment activity, the city's historic downtown has a low vacancy rate, he said.

That means it's a busy place, he said, with downtown second and third floors housing an increasing number of businesses and residences.

A parking strategy should balance the need for parking turnover, which benefits stores and restaurants, with the need for long-term parking options, he said.

A number of different approaches could achieve those goals, he said, and the city will evaluate the options in terms of possible short- and long-term effects.

As the downtown grows increasingly active, "if you don't get ahead of (parking) with the strategy, it will be more difficult to catch up later on," he said.

Delaware, he said, has given him a great welcome.

"Every person I've met -- whether city staff, council member, resident, small-business owner -- everyone couldn't be more welcoming and gracious," he said.

"It's a reflection on the community's willingness to partner, to share your time, to set someone up for success," he said. "Any time you take on a new job, there's a certain level of anxiety. That was extinguished in the first day.

"Meeting the staff and residents here, it immediately felt like home and being part of the family. It's been incredible."

During her years with the city, Walker "helped direct many significant projects, including building three fire stations and construction of the community center YMCA," Yoakum said. "She worked with multiple city managers and city councils, police chiefs, fire chiefs and department heads, and was always laser-focused on delivering great service to our residents."

Kridler earned a master's degree in public administration from Wright State University in 2012 and a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

His salary is $97,500. Information on his benefits package was not immediately available.

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