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City of Findlay Organizational Changes

Post Date:07/14/2020 12:00 PM
July 14, 2020:   Mayor Christina Muryn has announced changes to the City of Findlay leadership team that will be rolled out over the next few months. Mayor Muryn announced that current Director of Public Service/Acting City Engineer Brian Thomas will refocus his attention solely to the City of Findlay Engineering Department effective August 10, 2020. Additionally, Director of Public Safety Paul Schmelzer will be leaving the organization to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Mayor Muryn announced that she will also be combining the Director of Public Safety and Director of Public Service positions into one position. Mr. Schmelzer will continue to serve as Director of Public Safety and Mayor Muryn will take on the responsibilities of Acting Director of Public Service until a new Service-Safety Director is appointed, which is anticipated to happen by the end of 2020.

“Mr. Schmelzer has been a great asset to our community. I am eternally grateful that he has created a culture in the City of Findlay unlike any other community. His private sector experience, ability to solve problems, and love for our community has shown through his years of service to the Findlay team and community at large. He is going to be very difficult to replace, but I know he has put us in a position to thrive through the culture he built while here,” said Mayor Muryn.

During his time with the City of Findlay, Mr. Schmelzer helped transform the City of Findlay operations. Some key accomplishments include the establishment of a strategic planning process, including a 5 year Capital Budget, and financial stability taking the city’s budget from a poor position to a current General Fund Balance of over $13 Million. He was instrumental in leading efforts for changes to the City health care plan, and the merger of the City and County Health departments. He also worked on Community Reinvestment Area legislation, and economic development projects. He advocated for and worked on Flood Mitigation efforts. He was a leader in the effort to revitalize the downtown area. He also worked hard to create a culture of trust with the employees and the unions, negotiating contracts that help ensure financial stability for the City.

The Mayor’s Office stated that the job opening will be posted later this week on the City of Findlay website at The process to find a new Service-Safety Director will include resume screening, multiple rounds of interviews, and various stakeholder meetings. The Service-Safety Director position is appointed by the Mayor.

Individuals interested in the position are encouraged to visit the City of Findlay website at or contact Director of Human Resources Don Essex at 419-424-7137 or