Longtime Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth and Westerville Assistant City Manager Julie Colley have announced they will retire effective January 2021.
An April 17 news release from the city announced the pending retirements.
Collinsworth has been with the city for more than 12 years, succeeding Dave Lindimore, who retired in 2007.
Collinsworth appointed Colley to assistant city manager in 2008.
Colley previously served as city planner and economic-development administrator in Westerville as part of her 30-year service record. She also worked as city administrator in Grandview Heights.
“Long before the changes associated with the current (COVID-19 coronavirus) pandemic, Julie Colley and I had already made these personal decisions that happen to coincide,” Collinsworth said. “I consider it a great honor and privilege to have been afforded the opportunity to lead this incredible city and appreciate the great support from city councils past and present in our endeavors over the years.”
Colley said it’s amazing how quickly 30 years working in local government has passed.
“Being Westerville’s assistant city manager has truly been a privilege,” she said. “I’ve had many opportunities to serve this community, both in my professional role and as a volunteer. This community has so much heart. As I prepare to transition my part in leadership, I know as a resident Westerville is in capable, talented hands.”
Colley manages several Westerville departments, including parks and recreation, planning and development, the electricity and water utilities and public service.
Her leadership highlights include two national gold medals for the recreation department and coordination of economic development initiatives, including the development of the Westar area along Polaris Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.
Collinsworth is a 32-year public servant, having also served the Ohio communities of Tipp City (1997-2007) and Miamisburg prior to joining Westerville.
For more than a decade, Collinsworth has been responsible for more than 430 full-time employees and an annual city budget exceeding $180 million, according to a release.
Shortly after his arrival in Westerville, Collinsworth led an extensive income-tax restructuring campaign, more than tripling the funding made available for street reconstruction and infrastructure improvements, the release stated.
Leadership highlights during his tenure also include the passage of four tax or bond issues for public safety and parks, the expansion of the city’s community center, the establishment of a municipal community data center and infrastructure programs, including the revitalization program for South State Street, according to the news release.
He helped navigate the city’s response following the deaths of Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, who were killed in the line of duty Feb. 10, 2018.
A former president of the Ohio City/County Management Association, Collinsworth is chairman of the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association.
Collinsworth intends to remain in Westerville with his wife, Jane, and family. Colley also plans to stay in Westerville with her husband, Dave, to be near family and grandchildren.
Both Collinsworth and Colley indicated they plan to continue to serve with the Westerville Sunrise Rotary.
City Council will begin a search to fill the city manager position. When hired, that individual will have the opportunity to appoint the next assistant city manager. Details will be posted when available at westerville.org/jobs.