City manager announces his retirement

SIDNEY — Sidney City Manager Mark Cundiff, who has served as the city’s chief executive since 2012, has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 5, 2021. His retirement ends a nearly 38 year career of public service.

Cundiff is Sidney’s 13th and longest serving city manager.

Cundiff began his career with the city of Sidney in April 1989 as the city planner. He has also held the positions of community development director, assistant city manager, interim city manager and city manager of the city of Sidney.

Cundiff also served communities in Illinois and Iowa as well the city of Troy and village of Yellow Springs in Ohio. He also spent three years working in the private sector for a consulting firm.

The Greenville, Ohio native and graduate of Wright State University lives in Sidney with his wife Peggy. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

“It has been an honor to serve the City of Sidney for 19 years, including what will be nine and three-fourths years as city manager,” Cundiff said in a city of Sidney press release. “Sidney has been our home for nearly two decades. I wish nothing but the best for the city in the future.”

“Under Mark’s leadership, a number of significant projects have been completed while simultaneously maintaining the city’s bond rating of AA+,” Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst said in the release. “I know I speak on behalf of all members of City Council, both past and present, in wishing Mark well in this next phase of his life.”

Major projects that have been completed during Cundiff’s tenure include the development of the water well field, the construction of the water transmission line from the well field to the water treatment plant, and the major updating of the water treatment plant. Other projects include the extensive updates to the wastewater treatment plant, the extension of the Canal Feeder Trail, and improvements to Sidney’s streets and bridges.

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