Residents of Hilliard have made their final decision to either have a mayor or city manager.
The city of Hilliard unanimously voted 59 percent changing its government from having a mayor to city manager passing Issue 33.
Current Mayor Don Schonhardt’s fourth consecutive term ends on Dec. 31, 2019 and the city manager will take over Jan. 1, 2020. The City Council President will be considered the mayor of the city.
The city manager will have the power to implement city’s operations, budget and policies, as well as hire and fire department directors.
Other cities like Westerville, Worthington, and Dublin have similar setups.