Joshua Smith has served as the City Manager of Hamilton since 2010. Since starting as City Manager, Joshua has worked with entities such as City Council, City Staff, and others in the community to create programs such as the Hamilton CORE Fund, the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, the 17 Strong initiative, and the City’s 311 system.
In addition to his role as City Manager, Joshua is involved with the Hamilton Rotary Club, the downtown Hamilton Special Improvement District, the Hamilton Vision Commission, and the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation.
Pat Moeller was elected as the Mayor of Hamilton in 2009. Prior to serving as Mayor, Pat served on the Hamilton City Council as Vice Mayor of the City beginning in 2004.
In addition to his role as Mayor, Pat previously served as County Assistant Prosecutor, and currently practices civil law. Pat believes his background in law and law enforcement assists him in his role as Mayor. Pat is a graduate of Ohio State University and Chase College of Law.
Which three words would you use to describe Hamilton?
JS: Authentic. Urban. Vibrant. PM: Neighborhoods. Hard Working. Progressive.
QWhat is your favorite part about Hamilton?
AJS: My favorite part about Hamilton is our rich history.
PM: My favorite thing about Hamilton is the people.
QWhat do you envision for the future of Hamilton?
AJS: I envision a diverse community with thriving small businesses and citizens filled with civic pride.
PM: I envision a community where people realize their dreams – a place where individuals have great jobs, great neighbors, and great opportunities for their families.
QIf someone were visiting Hamilton for the first time, what should be on their itinerary and why?
AJS: In the morning, grab a coffee at True west and walk through one of our historic districts to enjoy our tremendous architecture and history. After lunch at High Street Café, head to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and/or Pyramid Hill to enjoy great works of art or catch a live performance. Later in the afternoon, relax at Marcum Park or Municipal Brew Works downtown and see first-hand the renewed vibrancy of our community. In the evening, get some takeout food from Taqueria Guanajuato and catch some live music at RiversEdge. When the day is over, check into our downtown Courtyard by Marriott and get some shuteye…because you can’t see the best of Hamilton in only one day!
PM: I would start the day with a morning walk through Marcum park and shopping at our downtown businesses where you would get a sense of the spirit of our community. For lunch I would visit Richards Pizza on Main Street and be sure to have one of their famous steak sandwiches. Spend the afternoon at one of Hamilton’s great parks. If you’re an animal lover visit the Bark Park at Veteran’s Park. On the West Side of town Millikin Woods is a great place for family fun activities including spraygrounds, playgrounds and a frisbee golf course. Toast the day with a cold and outstanding beer at Municipal Brew Works.
QWhich Hamilton community member inspires you?
AJS: Jacob Stone. He is selfless, volunteers for almost every community event, is eternally optimistic, and sees the best in everyone.
PM: Dave Belew. He is a longtime Hamilton business leader, philanthropist and volunteer. He truly loves this city.
“Joshua is a visionary who turns vision into reality. He has made a difference. The team of professionals he assembled and leads has made a difference.”
–Mayor Pat Moeller
"Mayor Moeller is the Hamilton’s greatest champion and he truly cares about everyone in our community. He seems to have an endless supply of energy and he goes out of his way to attend every community event!"
–City Manager Joshua Smith
QIf you could complete one community project without any limitations, what would it be?
AJS: I would bring every city street to excellent condition.
PM: I would rehabilitate the Ohio Casualty Building. It is a long vacant beautiful building and one we are asked most about. It could be a true asset to downtown with retail and residential opportunities.
QWhat would you like to see more of in Hamilton?
AJS: I would like to see more small, independent restaurants around town.
PM: More after 5:00 p.m. destinations – recreational, food.