June 28, 2016

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Mendel, 35, appointed as new community development director

Medina city has a new community development director.

City Council on Tuesday night accepted Mayor Dennis Hanwell’s appointment of Jonathan Mendel, 35, to the post.

Jonathan Mendel

Mendel, of Riverside, near Dayton, will begin work Oct. 28, earning $75,000 a year.

He replaces Greg Hannan, who left the city in August to take the job of Hudson’s planning director.

City officials received 45 applications for the position and interviewed five candidates.

Hanwell said Mendel stood out.

“He looks like he would fit in with the management team very well,” Hanwell said. “He has a strong desire and orientation toward customer service.

Mendel was the planning and zoning administrator for Riverside for about 1½ years and served as director of planning and zoning in Huber Heights, also near Dayton, for two years.

Before that, he worked in planning for Arlington Heights, Ill.

Mendel earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

City Council members welcomed Mendel at Tuesday’s meeting.

Councilman Jim Shields, 4th Ward, told Mendel that what impressed him most was “your commitment and eagerness to be part of this community and move your family here.”

Mendel has three children, ages 4, 5 and 6. He said he chose Medina because it “looked like a really nice place for my young family.”

When Hanwell took office, he combined the planning, building department and economic development offices into the community development department. The community development director oversees those three offices and is involved in applying for most grants for the city.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.