County commissioners have received many resumes for the newly-created county administrator position, but you won’t find Commissioner Paul Gross’ name among the applicants.
Gross said on Monday there is “not a morsel of truth” to the rumor that the job was created for him to fill once he leaves elected office in December.
“Absolutely not,” he said, laughing.
Applications were due last week. Among the applicants are many “talented” individuals, said Commissioner David Dhume. There is some local talent, as well, he said.
Commissioners are reviewing the applications and plan to narrow the list down to three or five finalists who will receive interviews, said Gross.
The ad for the position seeks a candidate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a closely-related field with 10 years relevant governmental or closely related experience, including knowledge of governmental operations, budget development and management, and ability to maintain effective professional relationships with the public, county officials and others as representative of the board.
Salary will correspond with qualifications and experience, the ad states.
Commissioners say this individual will take the day-to-day burden from their shoulders so they can focus on strategic planning for the county moving forward.
Dhume said the administrator would handle what’s known as the “day-to-day” operations of the commission, such as contract negotiations for services hired by the county, including but not limited to lawn care/snow removal, building repairs, lease negotiation for county-owned properties, working with the offices of elected officials on their day-to-day needs.
Dhume said the commissioners’ goal and focus of having an administrator will aid them in dealing with issues in a more timely manner.
According to records from the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, 27 of Ohio’s 88 counties employ a county administrator. Among the list are surrounding counties Union, Pickaway, Delaware, Clark and Franklin.
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