Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman announces retirement


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Kettering, OH – After 33 years of boundless service to Kettering residents, Kettering businesses, and patrons, City Manager Mark Schwieterman announced his resignation effective at the end of his current contract--December 31, 2022.

Mr. Schwieterman holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. He began his career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse and left to accept the position of Financial Analyst in the Income Tax Division of the Finance Department for the City of Kettering IN 1989. He was soon promoted to Tax Manager followed by Budget Manager and Assistant City Manager.

In 2006, Schwieterman accepted the role as City Manager and vowed to lead with integrity, fiscal care and responsibility, and love for his community. For the past 16 years at the helm, the City Manager upheld his promise making every decision in the best interest of the community.

Mark is a Dayton native who calls Kettering home with his wife, Mary. They chose to raise their three children here and continue to be active members in their community.

Schwieterman is active in the Ohio City Management Association (OCMA), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Ohio Municipal League Board (OML) where he serves as Past President, Dayton Area Managers Association (DAMA), and Kettering Rotary.

Mr. Schwieterman commends the City's Council/Manager form of government as an "effective partnership" for policy and administration. In Kettering, the City Manager is appointed by the City Council, serves as the chief executive officer of the City, and implements Council policies.

“I am grateful for the support from the Council members—past and present--who had the faith in me to allow me to serve as the City Manager,” he said.

"I fell in love with public service,” Schwieterman said. “There is no greater satisfaction in my work than to find ways to best serve people. We budget, organize and strategically plan for the future health of this one-of-a-kind community; but, my biggest win is an impromptu meeting with a resident who needs a hand, and—together—we figure it out. We shake hands, and we smile at the progress we made. Not many jobs come with that kind of fulfillment--The kind you can only get through service.”

"I can’t thank City Manager Mark Schwieterman enough for his outstanding work on behalf of the City over the past 16 years,” Kettering’s Mayor Peggy Lehner said. “His highly professional leadership and foresight throughout his career have directly contributed to Kettering’s financial health, unique amenities and the care given to our infrastructure and public safety that enhance quality living for residents.”

During Schwieterman’s tenure as City Manager, Kettering has seen population and economic growth, the modernization of public safety facilities, property improvements in residential neighborhoods, and commercial real estate. And, he has no plans to slow down during his final 11 months. He looks forward to working with City Council as they work with City Administration to chart a course for the future of Kettering.

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