Patrick accepts city manager post

Patrick accepts city manager post by David Lias James Patrick, the man that the Vermillion City Council selected out of more than 50 applicants to be city manager, has decided to take the job.

"I'm a happy camper today," Mayor Roger Kozak said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm so pleased to announce that James Patrick will be our next city manager."

Kozak said Patrick may begin his job here by Aug. 19.

"That date is going to remain flexible so that we can permit arrangements to be made for moving the family and household effects," he said. "Certainly our goal is and his goal is to have his family settled in Vermillion before school begins this fall."

Kozak was brimming with enthusiasm after holding a phone conversation with Patrick Tuesday.

"They are just pumped, and I'm so happy to have him coming on board," he said. "He brings such tremendous, good experience to the position, and he comes with the attitude of Vermillion as being the place he wants his family to really settle in and establish roots.

"I know I and the entire city council are looking forward to a good, long working relationship with Jim Patrick," Kozak said.

"We're looking forward to the move (to Vermillion)," Patrick said in a phone conservation from his office in Pennslyvania Tuesday. "Vermillion is a great city. I think just from the outset, when I submitted by resume, we were impressed with Vermillion as a location as well as a city."

That perception of Vermillion was reinforced when he visited the community recently to be interviewed by the city council and to tour Vermillion.

"Having the university co-located there, the historic significance of your downtown, a professional and highly trained (city) staff, and a concerned and professional council just makes it a perfect location," Patrick said, "a wonderful location to work and to raise a family.

"We're just thrilled for the opportunity to come to Vermillion to become its newest citizens," he said.

During his recent visit to Vermillion, he learned of both the community's assets, and of issues that are challenging its residents.

He isn't discouraged by the challenges.

"Instead of challenges, I would say they are more like opportunities," Patrick said. "There's just so many possibilities, so many wonderful things to look at as far as opportunities and where we want to go in the future."

Patrick, a native of Colorado, has a B.S. degree from Wheaton College, Illinois, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the UNC Economic Development Program.

Patrick retired from active duty in the United States Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has since served as the Butler Township manager (Pennsylvania), was selected to serve as a board member of the Greater Hazelton Economic Development Corporation, and was a member of a Select Pennsylvania State Committee representing 1,456 townships.

He has been the city administrator for New London, WI and was also elected to two terms as president of the Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation. He has also been the city manager for Lebanon, OH.

Patrick lists several military and civic awards earned during his military and civic careers. He is married to the former Anita Kohler, originally from Johnstown, PA.

The Patricks have four children: John, 9; Austin, 7; Julie, 3; and an infant, Alma.

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