The Village Administrator operates under the Council-Manager form of government.
Joe Price serves as Village Administrator for the Village of Grafton since 2015. Joe brings to the office of Administrator a unique balance of experience through both public and private sector business administration management with considerable business development and expansion planning expertise spanning 4-decades in Northeast Ohio including 13-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 broadens this Administrator’s oversight and management responsibilities to include Director of Public Works and water system distribution, Director of Grafton Power & Light Electric, a municipal owned Public Power Utility, and Director of Grafton’s Wastewater Treatment Plant operations. As VA, Joe Price plays a planning role in all street and roadway construction projects and maintenance. His oversight of public services include public parks, serves as Village project manager on all public-works construction projects, public contract negotiations and purchasing agent for the Village of Grafton.
Representing Grafton’s position regionally, VA Price regularly attends both the Northeast Ohio Mayors and Managers Association and Lorain County Mayors and Managers Association, works directly with Grafton’s Local Planning Agency (LPA) NOACA in matters governing Grafton’s 208 Sewer District and various project funding opportunities, Ohio Department of Transportation qualified to manage local state highway projects funded in part or whole by ODOT, represents Grafton’s position with 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 all 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 Ohio’s progressive Village on the move!