Meet Chris Gilbert, Springfield Township's New Township Administrator

While Chris Gilbert has been an instrumental part of operations and development in Springfield Township over the past 14 years, many may not have met him. We would like to change that, take this opportunity to reintroduce you to Chris, and invite you to chat more in an upcoming Meet the Administrator over coffee on April 25th at 9 a.m., at Panera in Springfield Township.


Christopher D. Gilbert was appointed as Springfield Township Administrator effective March 24, 2018, after having served as Assistant Township Administrator since December of 2006. Prior to that, Chris served as the Township’s Director of Development Services for three years. Before working with Springfield Township, he served as the Assistant Administrator and Development Director in Fairfield Township (Butler County, OH).


As Township Administrator, Mr. Gilbert serves as the Chief Administrative Officer appointed by the Township Board of Trustees, and is the principal adviser to the Board concerning all operational matters pertaining to the overall direction and administration of the Township government overseeing nearly 170 employees and the Township budget.


Chris has a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, majoring in Public Administration. He is a Credentialed Manager and member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He also is a member of the Ohio City Managers Association, the Ohio Township Association, and the Cincinnati Area Managers Association.


We recently sat down with Chris to ask him a few questions, so you can really get to know him better. We hope you find this light interview as fun as we did.


Favorite place in Springfield Township:

I would have to say Winton Woods Park, especially the area around the lake. The park is an incredible asset to have in the Township.


Best memory working in Springfield Township (so far):

Undoubtedly, it has to be being appointed as Township Administrator. There is no community or group of employees I would rather serve than the one here in Springfield Township . I’m grateful that I get the chance to advance my local government career here in the Township.


Advice you received from the previous administrator:

Mike (Hinnenkamp) was an incredible mentor and friend of mine for the past 14 years. We have discussed this transition quite a bit, but the best advice he gave me was to enjoy the journey and smile as often as possible. Sometimes this job can be difficult and demanding, but find ways to focus on the positive. One of the best things about this job is when a resident approaches you and expresses appreciation for the work that the Township does to make their lives a little bit better. It really makes it all worth it.


First thing you did when you got the bigger office:

Honestly, I haven’t moved into the other office yet. I really do not have much time right now to even think about it. Since Mike’s retirement, we have been extremely busy, but I will find a weekend here soon to make the move.


What project are you working on now?

We’ve been busy with some economic development projects, the Winton Road mural and plaza, and finishing up meetings with various neighborhoods to discuss extensive road improvement plans. I’m excited about the developments we’re working on and hopefully they all come to fruition. This year is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory regarding economic development.


What do you want people to know about you?

I guess I want them to know that, other than my family, there is nothing more I think about than how to make this an even better community to live and work in. Unfortunately, not every decision will make everyone happy, but know that it is always made with the best intentions. Beyond that, I love to travel and enjoy the outdoors with my wife Amber, 16 year old son Noah and 14 year old daughter Emma.


What does the community look like ten years from now?

In my mind, the community will be financially stable, new housing will be in place to complement our existing neighborhoods, and businesses will continue to see our Township as a place to locate due to its central location. Our goal, as staff and the Board of Trustees, is to continually improve our community by being operationally innovative and efficient, making sound planning decisions, and providing programs and events that improve the quality of life for residents. The bottom line is that we will always be open and honest with the community and work collaboratively to make this one of the premier first-ring suburbs. I’m truly grateful to be given the opportunity to help this community realize its full potential.





Meet the Administrator Over Coffee

New residents, business owners and the community in general can meet the new Township Administrator over coffee at Panera, located at 8420 Winton Road, on April 25th. Chris will have a few tables reserved for an informal meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and introduce yourself. There is no agenda. This time is reserved for you to share your ideas and welcome Chris to his new position with Springfield Township.


Other Ways Of Contacting The Township Administrator

Phone: 513-522-1410

E-mail: cgilbert@springfieldtwp.org


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