FAIRBORN — Fairborn Economic Development Director Rob Anderson has been offered the position as the community’s next city manager.
City council unanimously agreed that the best selection comes from a candidate with experience, education and a known presence for development, particularly in the Miami Valley.
After an extensive review of more than 30 candidates across the United States, the list was narrowed down to 10 candidates, of which four were interviewed last week. During an executive session held by council this Feb. 27, Anderson was selected as the best candidate for Fairborn. On Monday, March 6, Fairborn City Council will vote on a resolution to offer a contract to Anderson.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick. “We were very fortunate we had a number of outstanding candidates and we selected the best person we believe to move the city forward. As a city in motion, Fairborn has many exciting programs and projects in our future.”
Anderson’s career in government began as a city planner for Kettering, a position he held for nearly 10 years before moving to Vandalia to be the assistant city manager, and then city manager. He branched out to start his own consulting firm, leaving Vandalia, to pursue his passion for development. A short time later, the City of Clayton began searching for a development director and found Anderson.
In 2015, a colleague of Anderson’s approached him about the economic development director position in Fairborn. He applied and has been with the City of Fairborn ever since.
“I am honored to be selected as the next city manager of Fairborn,” Anderson said. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the people of Fairborn, staff and council, and I am looking forward to becoming a visible part of this community.”
He added that Fairborn is experiencing a lot of momentum due to the excellent staff, progressive city council and engaged residents and businesses.
“I look to continue the positive energy that currently exists in this community,” Anderson said.
He is a native of Greene County and an adjunct faculty member of Wright State University’s College of Urban Affairs. Anderson earned his bachelor of urban planning from the University of Cincinnati followed by his master of public administration from Wright State University.
Story courtesy of the City of Fairborn.