The Village Administrator operates under the Council-Manager form of government.
The Village Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and approved Council based upon public works infrastructure knowledge, professional experience and education. As the municipal manager the Administrator is responsible for the everyday administration of all Village business except for the Departments of Law and Finance. Village Administrator directs the preparation and submittal of the annual municipal budget, overseeing the purchasing activities of the Village and is the working liaison with local, county and state public officials and public offices of government.
Administrator Joe Price brings with him a unique blend of long-term public sector and private sector experience and success spanning 4-decades in Northeast Ohio, including the past 9-years in governmental oversight management. The office of the Village Administrator is one that encompasses multiple disciplines of local municipal government including supervising the Electric Utility, Waste Water Plant management, street repairs, public services, public parks, and serves a chief project manager of all public-works projects in the village.
The Village of Grafton is one of only two Ohio village-communities that is mandated to comply with collective bargaining in full compliance of SERB (State Employee Relations Board), as determined by Federal Census. VA Price serves as Grafton’s Chief negotiator involving collective bargaining contracts the Village currently has with the IBEW and OPBA.
Additionally, VA Price oversees Economic Development within the Village and has been instrumental in the municipal-branding of Grafton as a progressive Village on the move!