Government 101

Home Rule Charter

New Albany residents approved the community’s first charter in 1992. Ohio statues govern only on matters that the New Albany Charter does not address. The charter is reviewed every ten years and any proposed revisions to the charter must be approved by the New Albany electorate before they can be enacted.

Current Charter

Government Structure

New Albany utilizes the Council-Manager form of government. This structure combines political leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience of an appointed, professional city manager who serves as New Albany’s CEO.

Mayor & Council

City Council is the legislative branch of government consisting of seven members, one of whom is the mayor. City Council and mayoral elections are held in November of odd number years and are nonpartisan. City Council members are elected by residents to four-year terms. City Council has been granted certain powers by the Ohio Constitution, the laws of the state of Ohio, and the New Albany Charter. These powers are exercised through the adoption of ordinances and resolutions.

Among other things, the charter gives City Council the authority to:

  • create and abolish departments, commissions, boards and committees;
  • audit accounts and records;
  • conduct inquires and investigations;
  • levy taxes;
  • enforce laws and regulations;
  • adopt budgets and appropriate funds;
  • adopt building and zoning regulations; and
  • hire a city manager.

The mayor, in addition to the powers, rights and duties of a City Council member, presides over meetings and often acts as the spokesperson to other governments. The mayor has no veto powers.

City Council generally meets at Village Hall the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted below.


General-Quality-of-Life-6-(5)New Albany provides a range of municipal services, including police protection, street maintenance, sewer and storm water infrastructure maintenance, snow removal, leaf collection, planning, zoning, and construction inspections. All New Albany residents receive their fire and emergency medical services from the Plain Township Fire Department, a separate entity from the City of New Albany. Health services are provided by the Franklin County Board of Health.

City Administration & Department Directors

The city manager serves as the community’s CEO and is appointed by City Council to:

  • Provide organizational leadership.
  • Manage municipal operations.
  • Coordinate and direct the budget process.
  • Oversee implementation of city Council enacted policies and adopted budgets.
  • Ensure effective delivery of services to New Albany residents and businesses.
  • Advise City Council on policy matters and keep them apprised of municipal operations.
  • Direct department heads and consultants.
  • Implement all fiscal, planning, and infrastructure programs.

The city manager and other administrative staff making up the city manager’s office oversee the following:

  • human resources;
  • community engagement efforts;
  • special events;
  • engineering services;
  • Mayor’s court; and
  • legal services.

The city manager also appoints department directors for the city’s community development, finance, police, and public service departments. Current senior staff includes:

Joseph Stefanov City Manager 614-855-3913 e-mail
Adrienne Joly Administrative Services Director 614-855-3913 e-mail
Jennifer Chrysler Community Development Director 614-939-2254 e-mail
Mike Barker City Engineer 614-939-2254 e-mail
Bethany Staats Finance Director 614-939-2243 e-mail
Greg Jones Police Chief 614-855-1234 e-mail
Mark Nemec Public Service Director 614-855-0076 e-mail
Scott McAfee Chief Communications & Marketing Officer 614-855-3913 e-mail

Village Hall Hours and Observances

Village Hall is located at 99 W. Main Street and is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public meeting notices are posted on this website and at Village Hall. Meeting times and dates may be subject to change. Please call 614-855-3913 to confirm.

Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes

New Albany wants to ensure that all residents are kept up-to-date and informed about City Council activities.  Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions about pending City Council legislation or actions. Those unable to attend can click the links below to review agendas and minutes of our recent council meetings.

Proposed and adopted legislation can be found under drop down menus on our City Code, Ordinances, & Charter page.

City Council generally meets at Village Hall the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

NOTICE: The Grants and Non-Profit Subcommittee will be meeting on Sunday, February 2nd at 1 pm at the Columbus Metropolitan Library – New Albany Branch. The agenda is available HERE.

Agendas and minutes are posted for about a year. If you can’t find the information that you are looking for, please contact the Clerk of Council, Jennifer Mason, at 614-939-2244 for archived agendas and minutes or assistance.

March 3, 2020 Agenda
February 18, 2020 Agenda Pending
February 4, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2020 Agenda – Organizational Minutes
January 7, 2020 Agenda – Reg – Amended Minutes
December 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2019 Budget Workshop Agenda Pending
November 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2019 Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2019 Amended Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2019 Amended Workshop Agenda Pending
September 3, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 20, 2019 Amended Agenda Minutes
August 6, 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 29, 2019 Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 7, 2019 Amended Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 19, 2019 Amended Agenda Minutes
February 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 15, 2019 Amended Agenda Minutes
January 2, 2019 Organizational Agenda Minutes
January 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes


New Albany's government combines elected leadership and a professional, appointed city manager acting as CEO.