By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA — Oneonta native Greg Mattice has begun his new role as Oneonta’s city administrator.
Mattice began his new position July 1, leaving his job as city engineer.
Mattice, who said he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family, earned a degree in engineering from Syracuse University in 2009.
“We’re a small city,” Mattice said. “I do a lot of technical work.”
Mattice said that his main priority is going to be increasing communication throughout the various departments.
“The first step is to make sure everyone is on the same page.”
The city administrator’s job will to be to oversee the various operations and coordinate between different departments in the city. The common council voted last year to amend the position following several unsuccessful attempts at fielding a city manager.
The administrator position will have less autonomy than the city manager and will report to the council.
George Korthauer resigned as city manager in January 2020. City officials have said they had not had a good track record with managers and wanted to reform the position.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said Mattice’s “knowledge and knowing people in the city” made him a great candidate. “He has a good vision for where the city needs to go in the years ahead. “It was unanimously felt that he was the person who met the city’s needs at the time,” Herzig said.
Mattice had been the city engineer since 2015.
He said he was comfortable filling this role because he has “built good relationships with a lot of the department heads.”
“We work pretty closely with everyone,” Mattice said.
He said that he didn’t think he would be doing this sort of a job initially.
“I certainly didn’t get out of college thinking I’d be a city administrator or a city engineer for that matter,” Mattice said. “I think it’s just interesting and it keeps me on my toes. There’s something new every day.”
Mattice was a member of the Otsego County’s Energy Task Force and in 2017, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig gave him the key to the city in appreciation of his efforts in keeping the city safe during winter
Editor Greg Klein contributed to this report.