Shelley Dickstein

City Manager's Office
Title: City Manager
Phone: 937-333-3600
2020 Photo of City Manager Shelley Dickstein


Shelley Dickstein was appointed City Manager by the City Commission on February 3, 2016. As City Manager, Dickstein oversees a city budget of over $600 million and a workforce of nearly 2,000 employees.


Dickstein, who previously served as Interim City Manager and Assistant City Manager, has over 20 years of urban administration and economic development experience. She has a demonstrated record of successful collaboration with business, community, and government leaders.

During her tenure, she has provided oversight, coordination, and direction for over $900 million of investment. Significant projects include the redevelopment of the Dayton Arcade ($137 million), the Water Street Development Project ($159 million), and the Grandview Hospital Emergency Room expansion ($25 million). Additionally, she successfully negotiated a 40-year water agreement with Montgomery County, created the Office of Sustainability to help advance Dayton’s efforts to reduce carbon footprint and economize resources, and created the Community Engagement Division to ensure productive relationships with residents and community stakeholders.

Her experience in the City of Dayton organization also includes serving as Special Projects Administrator, Senior Development Specialist and Citizen Participation Coordinator. She has also led special efforts including the City's customer service initiative, and employee wellness program.


Dickstein has served on several community and partner organization boards including the Dayton Development Coalition Priority Development and Advocacy Committee, the Dayton Montgomery County Port Authority Board, the CityWide Development Corporation Board and the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board.


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