Meet the Mayor: Waynesville's Dave Stubbs takes no salary, traces roots to 18th Century settlers

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio - How well do you know the top man or woman in your community? Each Wednesday "Meet the Mayor" introduces you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.

Mayor Dave Stubbs, Villages of Waynesville

  • Born: July 1958
  • Term: Four-years; started Jan. 1, 2012
  • County: Warren
  • Population: Approximately 2,900
  • Founded: 1797

Claim to fame: Named after “Mad” Anthony Wayne , the town was early Quaker settlement and part of the Underground Railroad . Residents are proud of its antique shops and historic main street. It's also home of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

About the Mayor:

Dave Stubbs grew up in Waynesville  and graduated from Waynesville High School in 1976. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Miami University, he began working for local technology companies as a scientist supporting programs for the Air Force Research Laboratories at Wright Patterson
Air Force Base.

He spent nine years at Systems Research Labs in Beavercreek and 18 years at the University of Dayton Research Institute. For the past six years, Mayor Stubbs has worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in Kettering.

He has served on several village government boards and committees. Running for mayor in November 2011 was his first election experience. As mayor he has chosen to take no salary.

Q&A with Mayor Stubbs

1. What is the single biggest issue facing Waynesville?

Maintaining village services and infrastructure without increasing taxes.

2. If someone were to visit Waynesville for the first time, what should they see and do?

Walk down Main Street visiting the antique and gift shops, then stop in one of our local restaurants for lunch. Next, visit the local museum at the Friends Home  to spend a little time learning about the history of Waynesville and our small neighboring communities.

Catch a Haunted House Tour in the evening. Ideally, visit the town during the summer to catch one of our Second Saturday Street Fairs, or the Memorial Day Antique Show on Main Street, or in the fall to experience the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, or in December for Christmas in the Village. MORE

3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?

Working with fellow council members to maintain strong fiscal responsibility while tackling infrastructure repairs and upgrades.

What do you hope is different about your town in ten years? Our infrastructure is being maintained and upgraded on a regular basis and revenues are sufficient to provide for improvements that are currently beyond our budget.

4. What are your political aspirations?

To survive my term as mayor and still have the residents speaking to me when I walk by.

5. I bet you didn’t know....

My mother’s family was one of the earliest settlers in the Waynesville area, with one ancestor staying with Samuel Heighway (Waynesville's founder) in 1797. 

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