Dave Studebaker has resigned as Huber Heights City Manager after less than a year in the position.
Huber Heights City Council accepted Studebaker’s resignation, effective Dec. 27, at Monday night’s meeting, and appointed Police Chief Robert Schommer as interim city manager.
Studebaker, 70, officially started March 15 of this year with the understanding from city leaders that he would be the “bridge” during the planning part of the $18 million music center. He also served as the city’s interim city manager for about six months in 2008.
“It was a transitional task, and that transitional task is largely gone now,” Studebaker said. “A lot of the things related to the music center are nicely launched. Even though there aren’t any bricks or mortar in the sky, we’ve accomplished a substantial amount.”
Studebaker’s annual salary is $117,000, according to Anthony Rodgers, the city’s Clerk of Council. Studebaker was the only candidate the city interviewed for the position.
Studebaker replaced Jim Borland, who retired March 15. Borland took over for Gary Adams in March 2012 after Adams resigned less than a year in the position.
Studebaker has offered his services to the city on an on-call basis free of charge after Dec. 27.
“I was blessed to have an opportunity to inherit a fully-skilled staff,” Studebaker said. “All I had to do was keep the train on the tracks during the most interesting time in the city’s history.”
Vice Mayor Mark Campbell said the city will reevaluate what its options are after the holidays are over. He said options include having an interim city manager for an extended period of time or selecting a search firm to help the city find a new city manager.
“We wouldn’t be where we’re at if he had not come in and hit the ground running,” Campbell said. “It worked as efficiently and effectively the second time as it did the first time.”
Studebaker — a lifelong Huber Heights resident and 1961 Wayne High School graduate — retired from Trimble Navigation Ltd. in 2007 after 39 years with the company.
Huber Heights is the third largest suburb in the region with a population of more than 38,000 residents.