New city manager Matt Kline was all smiles as he shook hands and got to know local residents Tuesday afternoon at the meet and greet hosted by the city and the Chamber of Commerce at the State Theatre.
"I like him because he looks straight at you," said Jeanne Schroeder, owner of the Bay Gallery in downtown Sandusky. "I think he will listen to people."
Kline, 43, said he does a Sudoku puzzle every morning with his coffee and looks forward to the challenges of his job.
"I feel like I've been born to do this," he said.
George Mylander, who served on city commission for 16 years, said Kline's experience as an elected official will help him in his new role.
"I think he's very personable," Mylander said. "He knows his job."
"He's extremely professional," Assistant Sandusky police Chief Charlie Sams chimed in.
Kline, originally from Bolivar, has 20 years of political and professional municipal government experience. He has been the management assistant, council member and zoning board member for Mason since 1999. He has also been director of Public Service and Safety for Dover, village administrator of Canal Fulton and mayor of Bolivar.
Kline said his wife, Debbie, daughters, Jessica and Jennifer, and pet golden retriever, Lucy, will be joining him in Sandusky this spring. His mother, Doris Kline, will also be moving to the city.
"He seemed very warm, friendly," said Jeff Krabill, newly elected to the Sandusky School Board.
Kline said that he will spend Thanksgiving with his family and return to Sandusky this weekend.
"I've got a lot to learn and lot of people to meet," he said.