After a month-long search, Steubenville has a new city manager, and James Mavromatis is ready to tackle this issues all of us in the community are worried about.
“One of the biggest ones that’s on everybody’s mind is the crime, and that’s what I’ve been involved with for 35 years. I know the resources that I have access to, and I have no problem bringing that to this town here,” said Mavromatis.
Another concern of Mavromatis and the city council is the financial state of the city as-well-as aging infrastructure– along with crime. These are the three issues they will begin to tackle even before he official starts on February 17.
Council members and the mayor are confident their *local selection is the right fit.
“Mr. Mavromatis is as straight as you’re gonna find a guy. He’s honest, he’s hardworking– he’s extremely hard working which is what this city needs,” 6th Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna.
“Mr. Mavromatis fits right into what we were looking for. The citizens should be extremely proud of the interview process, the selection process, and knowing here by the end of the month, Mr. Mavromatis should be officially on board,” said Steubenville Mayor, Dominic Mucci.
Mavromatis was born and raised in Steubenville, graduated from Steubenville Big Red and has returned home after many years working for the federal government.
He says this is why he cares so much for the town and is ready to work for the people’s best interests.
“I think over the last few years, this city has had some bad publicity in the wrong direction, but again, this isn’t new to me of handling political issues, whether it be major issues that occur in the town. You face this issues and you go after them,” said Mavromatis.
There are two meetings scheduled to get him officially into the position and working as soon as possible.
Next Tuesday, his contract will be presented, then, the following they will vote on it.