Village Manager

The Village Manager is appointed by Council to oversee the daily operations of the Village. By Charter, the Village Manager is responsible for the following departments: water, sewer, streets, electric, finance, police, planning and zoning, parks and recreation. The Village Manager also acts as staff liaison to the Human Relations Commission, the Energy Board, the Environmental Commission and the Library Commission.

Patti Bates


Melissa Vanzant 

Patti Bates
Village Manager

Melissa Dodd
Asst. Village Manager/Finance Director

 Ruthe Ann Lillich 

Ruthe Ann Lillich
Administrative Assistant

The Village also has an Assistant Village Manager, who is responsible for finance, budgeting and utility billing. The Assistant Village Manager also acts as the staff liaison to the Community Access Panel, the Public Arts and Culture Commission, the Tree Committee and the Economic Sustainability Commission.

The Village Manager has an Administrative Assistant to coordinate the daily activities of the office and to direct inquiries and requests to the proper department.

A message from the Village Manager:

Hello and welcome to the Village of Yellow Springs! As the Village Manager, it is my job to ensure that the Village government operates smoothly and efficiently to meet the needs of residents and visitors. While we will occasionally hit a bump in the road, my staff and I promise to work diligently to provide everyone with the best possible Yellow Springs experience. Please feel free to contact any of the Village offices with thoughts and concerns. We hope you enjoy the special and unique place that is Yellow Springs!

Patti Bates

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