The Village Administrator operates under the Council-Manager form of government.
Administrator Joe Price brings to the office of Village Administrator a unique balance of public and private sector administration management with considerable business development planning experience spanning 4-decades in Northeast Ohio including 12-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, Director of the Grafton Power & Light Electric Utility, and Director of Grafton’s Waste Water Treatment Plant operations. As VA, Joe Price oversees all street and roadway projects and maintenance, public services, public parks, serves as Village project manager on all public-works projects, contract negotiations, labor 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 a progressive Village on the move!