June 28, 2016

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Community development director leaves Medina

MEDINA — Greg Hannan, community development director for seven years, said goodbye to Medina last Friday.

Hannan has accepted a job as city planning director for Hudson, where he lives.

“He did a great job for us. We’re very pleased with his work and he was a great part of the management team here,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. “Greg actually resides there and his wife teaches school in Hudson, so I don’t blame him. It was a commute for him and they have three children. He was assistant planner for Hudson when we hired him, so when this opportunity arose, it just made sense for him.”

Hannan started working for Medina on July 31, 2006, as director of planning and zoning. When Hanwell became mayor, the city streamlined the offices of economic development, planning and zoning and the building department and asked Hannan to direct the newly formed community development office.

In his absence, community development’s administrative assistant, Sandy Davis, is handling all planning and zoning and historic preservation filings. Hanwell said Davis covered those responsibilities for Hannan and was asked to continue to do so.

Law Director Greg Huber will deal with any issues that require a planning director’s certifications or oversight.

Hanwell said whoever is hired must be able to handle Hannan’s responsibilities.

“Part of the selection process will be to find someone that has the skills and abilities and background to meet those needs,” he said.

Hanwell said Hannan also was the city’s liaison to Main Street Medina and did extensive work to promote activities and events on Public Square. He said the replacement director’s qualifications will decide whether the city fills Hannan’s shoes in that capacity as well.

Economic Development Director Kimberly Rice also is taking on more responsibilities in the interim.

The city has been accepting resumes for two weeks and the window closes today at 4 p.m.

After that, Hanwell will assemble a screening team to score and rank the candidates and the top tier will meet with an interview team comprised of department heads the new director will work with, a City Council member, Hanwell, Huber and a member of the business community.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the city had received 36 resumes for the position.

Hannan did not return a call seeking comment.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.