City Manager Dana McDaniel is the chief administrative and law enforcement officer of the City of Dublin, responsible to City Council for the day-to-day operations for the City. Other responsibilities include advising Council regarding the financial status and future needs of the City, reporting to Council on the general operating of City departments, divisions, offices, boards, commissions, bureaus and agencies, as well as exercising leadership in the development of City projects.
A Message from City Manager Dana McDaniel
As we see the opening of Dublin’s pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River, I am reminded of the many ways we, as public servants, serve as bridges to the community – connecting people with services, places and often with other people.
From the administrative assistants who answer phone calls at each of our City buildings to the street & utilities employees who plow snow, collect leaves and provide chipping services, our 400+ full-time employees and over 400 seasonal employees are All In, All the Time, making sure our residents continuously receive the unmatched services and amenities to which they are accustomed.
We also leverage technology to provide these connections. In March 2019, we launched the GoDublin app. GoDublin is a platform designed for easy communication between Dublin residents and the City of Dublin. In the rst year, we processed more than 7,800 requests through the app. It streamlines the service request process and provides another way for residents to connect with the City and get a timely response.
In many ways, the City also helps connect people to places. Our community events attract more than 175,000 people each year. From the St. Patrick’s Day and Independence Day Parades on Bridge Street to Spooktacular, the Christmas Tree Lighting and the world-famous Dublin Irish Festival in Coffman Park, our events have created places where people meet, have fun and form yearly traditions. Our Park Operations employees keep Dublin’s 60+ parks beautiful, safe and state-of-the-art so that families have places to spend time and unwind. Additionally, our partnership with SHARE is helping bridge the mobility gap. Complimentary shuttle services are connecting employees to their workplaces and senior citizens to popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in Dublin. These initiatives have been successful and will continue through 2020.
The City also serves as a bridge, forming connections among people. Our award-winning Alexa Pilot Program received the Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) in 2019. The program, which is part of the City’s Forever Dublin Aging in Place initiative, provided Amazon Echo devices to participants in the pilot program, who were then matched with tech-savvy volunteers to help them use the devices. That program was just one of the many initiatives led by our Outreach & Engagement Division, which promotes and facilitates real social, cultural and civic connections in the community year after year. Our Police Department continues to connect with the community, not only through their daily interactions with residents, but through proactive prescription pill drop-o events, Coee With a Cop opportunities and community education classes. Our recreation staff connects with residents through classes, camps and various wellness events, including the DiRECt program, which takes recreation programs out into the community, bringing fitness, nature, art and many more experiences DiRECt to you.
We also serve as bridges to the future. By maintaining smart scale policies, investing in innovation and infrastructure, engaging in thoughtful planning and implementing forward-thinking budgets, City Council and City employees are continuously building upon our past successes and proud traditions to ensure that Dublin, Ohio, USA remains a global city of choice – vibrant, innovative, engaged- for generations to come.
Dana McDaniel, City Manager
About Dana McDaniel
Dana L. McDaniel became the City of Dublin’s fifth city manager January 31, 2015. As city manager, he serves as the chief administrative and law enforcement officer and is responsible to City Council for the day-to-day operations of the City. McDaniel has been employed by the City for 30 years. He has served in various roles, including management assistant to the city manager, director of service, deputy city manager/director of economic development and director of development.
McDaniel served with the City of Dublin during a time of rapid growth and expansion. As the City’s first director of service, he led the establishment of a service department that was one of only nine in North America to be accredited by the American Public Works Association.
McDaniel was instrumental in the development of Dublink, Dublin’s state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. He is co-founder of the Central Ohio Research Network and helped create the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, which currently houses more than 100 start-up companies. McDaniel oversaw the expansion of economic development programming resulting in the attraction, retention, and expansion of more than 14,000 jobs.
Under his leadership, the City was twice named one of the Top 7 smart cities in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum and has received numerous awards from the International Economic Development Council, the Ohio Economic Development Association, and the Mid-America Economic Development Association.
In 2018, McDaniel was recognized as by the Asian-American Commerce Group as the Government Leader of the Year for his efforts in increasing the visibility of Asian-Americans. McDaniel also received the 2018 C-Suite award from Columbus Business First as one of the most admired executives in Columbus in the category of institutions. This award acknowledged McDaniel among the region’s most-accomplished business leaders, inspiring and encouraging others in the community with his integrity and excellence.
In 2016, he was recognized by the Ohio State University Alumni Association for Outstanding Public Service. Five years earlier, he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs. In 2013, McDaniel was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Intelligent Community Forum. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce recognized him with its President’s Award for his dedication to the Dublin Chamber and its business community.
McDaniel earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Miami University of Ohio and his master’s in public administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. McDaniel also received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
McDaniel has continued to serve on several regional and local boards, including the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Transportation and Policy Committee, Development Advisory Committee of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and Miami University’s Public Leaders Advisory Board. He is an ex-officio member of the Dublin Methodist Hospital Foundation Board and was recently appointed chair of MORPC’s Smart Region Task Force.
He retired from the Ohio National Guard following a 35-year distinguished career. McDaniel enlisted as a Private/E1, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. McDaniel served in numerous command and staff positions from platoon to division levels. He is an Iraq war veteran.
He and his wife Lisa Patt-McDaniel are Dublin residents and the parents of two daughters, Caitlyn and Colleen.