County administrator job draws 30 applicants


Thirty people have applied to be the next Delaware County administrator, including one of the acting administrators, to replace Tim Hansley, who retired last week.

Seiji “Si” Kille, the current assistant administrator and fiscal services director for the county, is the one internal applicant, according to information provided by the county. Five other candidates are also administrators; and four candidates have experience managing a municipality. Twenty-five of the candidates are from Ohio.

The applicants are, in alphabetical order:

• Robert Berner of Avon Lake, director of service and economic development for the city of Fairview Park, who has degrees from Liberty and Walden universities.

• Timothy Boland of Lewis Center, former Delaware County economic development director, who has degrees from Capital, Miami and Ohio State universities.

• Tara Boyer of Sunbury, a former teacher with degrees from Franklin University and Columbus State Community College.

• Shelly Brown of Caledonia, a former caseworker with Delaware County Children’s Services, who has degrees from Ohio State and Tiffin universities.

• Todd Daughenbaugh of Delaware, deputy fiscal officer and controller of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, a CPA with a degree from Ohio State.

• Steve DeBolt of Reynoldsburg, former village manager of Williamsburg, Ohio, and Whispering Pines, North Carolina, who has degrees in education and public administration.

• Elke Doom of Princeton, West Virginia, the city manager of Princeton, who has three degrees from Siena Heights University and Henry Ford Community College.

• George Elmaraghy of Columbus, a former Ohio Environmental Protection Agency division chief, with degrees from Cairo and Ohio State universities.

• Timothy Espich of Springfield, former chief operating officer of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, who has degrees from Franklin and Vincennes universities.

• Michael Frommer of Powell, a vice president at AECOM, who has a degree from Ohio Northern University.

• Carl Geffken of Reading, Pennsylvania, chief operating officer of Berks County, Pennsylvania, with a degree from Binghamton University.

• James Harsany of Galena, founder and president of Harsany & Associates LLC, who has degrees from Ohio State and Southern Adventist universities.

• Nathan Kennedy of Springfield, Clark County’s administrator, a CPA with a degree from OSU.

• Seiji Kille of Powell, assistant administrator and fiscal services director for Delaware County, and an Ohio Wesleyan University graduate.

• Karen Kish of Delaware, a coordinator at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, who has degrees from Central Michigan and Franklin universities.

• William Kohbarger of Pahrump, Nevada, the former town manager of Pahrump, with three degrees from Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College.

• Bradley Lutz of Ashville, Pickaway County’s administrator, who has a degree from Ohio University.

• Lidia Murillo of Quantico, Virginia, an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a graduate of The Citadel.

• Jason Nicodemus of Delaware, Truro Township’s administrator, who has degrees from Columbus State Community College and Ohio Dominican University.

• Michelle Niedermier of Tiffin, whose most recent position for Lucas County was deputy director of finance and operations with the Department of Job and Family Services, a graduate of Bowling Green and Cleveland State universities.

• Brian Patrick of Hamler, superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training and Rehabilitation Center, with degrees from Bluffton University and the University of Findlay.

• Anne Pensyl of New Albany, whose most recent position at Ohio State is director of performance metrics, and who has three degrees from OSU.

• Randy Robertson of Cordova, Alaska, the city manager of Cordova, with three degrees from Johns Hopkins and Western Kentucky universities.

• Elizabeth Scott-Ikharo of Reynoldsburg, a school counselor with degrees from Central State, Ohio State and Walden universities.

• Courtney Staup of Marion, a supervisor for Aramark.

• Shelby Terrill of Delaware, a teacher in Westerville.

• Marden Watts of Marion, administrative deputy in the Marion County Engineer’s Department, with a degree from Ohio State.

• Jeffrey White of Westerville, the Bremen village administrator, who has a degree from Ohio State.

• Paul Wise of Westerville, Genoa Township’s administrator, who has a degree from Kent State University.

• Kelly Wit of Cardington, an auditor who works in Delaware.

County staff said the job opening was posted on the county’s website; Indeed; Ohio Means Jobs; LinkedIn Connections; the International City/County Management Association website and various ICMA publications; Monster; County Commissioners Association of Ohio; and Business First.

A county administrator is responsible for many of the county’s day-to-day administrative operations and implements the policies of county commissioners. The administrator is appointed and attends commissioners meetings, but does not vote.

The qualifications for the Delaware County position include having a bachelor’s degree in public administration, finance, business or a related field and seven to 10 years’ post-graduate experience. “Must have related work experience demonstrating competence in long-term planning, management and prior supervisory experience,” the posting said. “At least five years as a manager or assistant manager in local government preferred.”

The position has 21 essential job functions, the posting states, including: coordinating the execution of the policies and resolutions of the board; overseeing the preparation and implementation of the county’s multi-million dollar budget and long-range fiscal plans; a comprehensive knowledge of public administration; recommends measures for adoption to the board; applying progressive management principles to plan and implement department goals and objectives; consults with other elected officials and department heads regarding policy, planning and budgetary matters; keeps the board fully advised on the financial conditions of the county; negotiates with the development community to ensure proper growth and development of the county; develops relationships with private and public sector partners; and assists the board in developing and implementing county goals and strategic policy objectives.

The application deadline was Friday, which was also the last day on the job for , who retired after a career that spanned more than 45 years as a public servant in various cities in Ohio.

Staff said the applicant field has not been narrowed down, but interviews are expected to begin next week. There could be as many as three rounds of interviews, but a start date has not been determined.

New administrator sought

By Gary Budzak

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Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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