Council approves contract for new city manager

Michael Ciaravino set to begin his duties in Mill Creek on May 6
By Dan Aznoff | May 02, 2019

The former mayor of the Ohio city of Maple Heights is scheduled to begin his tenure as city manager of Mill Creek after the city council voted unanimously to approve his employment contract at its last regular meeting of April.

Members of the Mill Creek gave their blessing to a three-year contract for Michael Ciaravino that will pay the city’s top administrator $175,000 per year. The language of the contract made e actual agreement a year-to-year contract that will extend until such time that the city manger is terminated.

Ciaravino most recently served as city manager for the township of Newburgh in New York for four years until 2018. He had previously served in various capacities for his hometown of Maple Heights in Ohio, including terms as both mayor and later as the city manager.

The new city manager for Mil Creek is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Law and was a practicing attorney from 1991 until 2014. He also earned a bachelor degrees in political science and economics fro John Carroll University in Ohio.

“The idea of moving to Mill Creek with my family is a decision that makes sense in the  long term,” Ciaravino told people at a gathering of candidates for city manager held in Town Center last month.

Councilmember Stephanie Vignal said Ciaravino stood out from an outstanding group of finalists. Councilmember John Steckler praised the new city manager for his transparency and vision for mill Creek.

The council approved an extension to the contract for interim City Manager Bob Stowe to serve to assist with the transition.

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