City Manager’s Desk
We have much to be grateful for in Hudson, and I am grateful and ready to manage the city as we move into 2023.
In 2022, we welcomed a new mayor, Jeff Anzevino, who was appointed to the position by city council in April and subsequently elected by Hudson residents in the November 2022 general election to fill an unfinished term.
I was appointed by city council in October 2022 to be the new city manager after serving as the interim city manager since March 2022. Prior to that, I was assistant city manager and city engineer since joining Hudson in 2008. I welcome the opportunity to lead the city staff as I manage city employees, projects and initiatives that will continue to maintain our historical charm, provide quality services to our citizens and businesses, and look to the future to ensure Hudson is an innovative, trendsetting community in northeast Ohio.
Last year presented us with a number of challenges. Multiple extreme weather events, with snowstorms in early 2022 and rain, wind and power outages in the summer, forced us to rethink how we do business. I am proud of how staff quickly adapted to each crisis. After each event, we regrouped to examine how we could better respond to weather events in the future.
As we move into 2023, we will continue to examine how and why we do what we do and strive to complete the goals and priorities established by city council. We will rethink and reimagine how we approach all of our projects, always looking for better, more efficient and cost-effective ways to tackle the challenges ahead. We also will work in this post-pandemic era to address equipment/material shortages and supply chain delays and how to remain competitive in the ever-changing staffing market.
The Hudson Comprehensive Plan is underway to create a roadmap for Hudson’s future. The city’s Comprehensive Plan is a document, directed by residents and local stakeholders, that guides the community’s vision for the future. The plan details a long-term vision and policy agenda for important issues in land use, housing, parks, infrastructure, transportation and more. The Hudson City Charter requires a review and update of the Comprehensive Plan at least once every 10 years.
To be successful, the Comprehensive Plan requires citizen involvement to ensure we establish a vision that reflects what all of our citizens want in the community. It is important everyone be involved, and we will provide many ways for your voice to be heard. In the coming months, we will offer updates and information on our website at hudson.oh.us/comprehensiveplan.
I encourage everyone to visit our website and sign up for our E-News at hudson.oh.us/e-news, an email publication sent out weekly. We will announce the various Comprehensive Plan meetings, surveys and ways to provide your comments and suggestions in that publication.
We are here for you. Reach out to us with comments, questions or concerns, and I look forward to working with all of our businesses and citizens to make Hudson the best place possible to live, work and play. ∞