“His energy, his vision, his collaboration with so many different entities certainly brings our city a breath of new life and opportunity for the future,” Naab said.
Smith just finished his eighth year with the city. Beginning each year in about June, the council starts his evaluations so the work and his bonus are determined by his work anniversary.
“We have had many accomplishments/recognitions in Hamilton during my eight years as city manager, but I am convinced our best years are still coming,” Smith wrote in an email.
“Mayor (Pat) Moeller and City Council have been great at ‘planning the work, working the plan.’ My proudest accomplishment has been playing a part in building a team of employees who will always strive to be a high-performing organization, that are customer-centric and ‘own-the-outcome.’”
The council also bumped up his potential bonuses for future years. Starting with his evaluation next summer, if he receives an average between 4 and 4.5, the bonus will be 4 percent. If it is between 4.5 and 4.8, the bonus will be 5 percent. If it is 4.80 or more, the bonus will be 6 percent.
His overall average each of the past two years has exceeded the 4.8 level.
“It now will become 4 percent, 5 percent or 6 percent, based on how we score Joshua next June, when we start this process all over again,” Naab said.
Here are the overall average scores Smith received in recent years, on the 1-5 scale:
- 4.62 in 2015;
- 4.78 in 2016;
- 4.91 in 2017; and
- 4.828 this year.
“We know he has calls from solicitors from recruiters who recruit professional city managers,” Naab said. “He has a good name for himself throughout the United States. We wish to keep him.”
Hamilton has burnished its reputation across the state and nation in recent years, redeveloping its downtown and Main Street business districts and also nearing a development agreement with Pennsylvania-based Spooky Nook Sports for the proposed Spooky Nook at Champion Mill gigantic indoor sports complex and convention center in the former Champion Paper mill along North B Street.
His staff fostered creation of downtown’s new Marcum Park, which recently was named one of five great public spaces in America by the American Planning Association. That park helped attract the adjacent Marcum project of apartments, restaurants and shops. Those apartments, about 60 percent rented, recently began occupancy.
Positive grades for the city manager
Here are the averages of grades members of Hamilton City Council gave City Manager Joshua Smith recently in deciding to give him a 5 percent raise this year in various categories they use to judge him. The ratings are on a 5-point scale, under which a 1 is “clearly unsatisfactory”; 2 is “below standards”; 3 is “meets standards”; 4 is “exceeds standards”; and 5 is “clearly outstanding”:
- Individual Characteristics: 4.82.
- Professional Skills & Status: 4.96.
- Relations with Elected Members of the Governing Body: 4.8.
- Policy Execution: 4.86.
- Reporting (to Council): 4.78.
- Citizen Relations: 4.94.
- (Management of) Staffing: 4.6.
- Supervision (of Staff): 4.82.
- Fiscal Management: 4.82.
- Community (Relations): 4.88.
- AVERAGE: 4.828