Monday evening, Vandalia City Council passed legislation confirming the appointment of Daniel D. “Dan” Wendt as City Manager. He is scheduled to take his post February 1.
Wendt is currently Chief Operating Officer for the City of Fairfield. There he has played a central role in developing the city’s $93 million annual operating and capital budgets, oversees all City operations and directly manages the human resources, information technology, safety, and communications efforts.
Prior to his time at Fairfield, the administrator served in a similar role as Director of Public Safety and Service at the City of Norwalk, county seat of Huron County. There, he oversaw all municipal government operations and supervised the affairs of the Police, Fire, Sanitation and Parks and Recreation Departments.
Fluent in Spanish, Wendt served three years in the United States Peace Corps administering community and economic development initiatives in the Dominican Republic and, in his early career, served as project manager with an information technology firm near Columbus. Wendt holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Wendt participates in the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Emerging Leaders Development Program and is a Certified Labor Relations Professional through the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association. He serves as a committee chair in the Ohio City/County Management Association, is an advisory board member of the Fairfield Family YMCA and a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club.
Outside of his work and community service, Wendt enjoys hunting, fishing, home improvement projects, minor mechanics, and the occasional triathlon. He, his wife Laura and two sons plan to make Vandalia their home in 2021.