Douglas Adkins, City Manager
Douglas Adkins began his service with Middletown in 2005 as the assistant prosecutor. In 2006, he was promoted to prosecutor. In 2009, Adkins was promoted to community revitalization director, overseeing community development, building inspection, code enforcement, planning, zoning, the City’s bus transit system, the community center, and MPHA. As community revitalization director, Adkins partnered with local nonprofits—including Berachah Church and Supports to Encourage Low Income Families (SELF)—to assist property owners to return their homes to code compliance.
As vice chair of the Butler County land bank, Adkins worked with regional officials to secure more than $2 million in grants to fund demolition of abandoned and blighted properties in the City. His work in these areas garnered state and national attention as the City was awarded the Ohio Conference of Community Development Inc. President’s Award and the National Award of Merit by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Professionals.
Locally, the Middletown Area NAACP presented Adkins with its Community Service Award and SELF named the Community Revitalization Department its Partner of the Year. Prior to his work in Middletown, Adkins was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor and served as a councilman and vice mayor in Vandalia, Ohio.
Adkins earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati, and earned his law degree from the University of Dayton, graduating cum laude.