The Village Administrator operates under the Council-Manager form of government.
Administrator Joe Price brings with him a unique blend of public and private sector management and business development experience spanning 4-decades in Northeast Ohio including 9-years in governmental oversight management. The office of the Village Administrator is one that encompasses multiple disciplines in business and local municipal government management. Joe’s experience and knowledge extends the Administrator’s oversight and management where he currently serves as superintendent of the PUBLIC POWER Electric Utility, Waste Water Treatment Plant operations. The VA also oversees street and roadway repairs, public services, public parks, and serves a project manager on all public-works projects funded by the village.
Representing Grafton’s position regionally, VA Price regularly attends the Northeast Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, works directly with Grafton’s Local Planning Agency (LPA) NOACA with matters concerning Grafton’s 208 Sewer District and various project funding opportunities, represents Grafton’s position with various Lorain County agencies, and currently serves on the Legislative, Finance, Solar, Prairie State, AFEC and Power Transmission Committees with American Municipal Power (AMP).
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, is certified by and a current member of the OEDA (Ohio Economic Development Association) and has been instrumental in the municipal-branding of Grafton as a progressive Village on the move!