Four of the 30 applicants for the Delaware County administrator position are being interviewed by county commissioners.
Three of the four candidates are from central Ohio and one is from out of state.
There could be as many as three rounds of interviews, county staff said, but a start date has not been determined. Assistant administrators Dawn Huston and Seiji Kille are serving in the position, replacing the recently retired Tim Hansley.
The candidates to be interviewed are:
• Michael A. Frommer of Powell, a vice president at AECOM, who has a degree in engineering from Ohio Northern University. Frommer has 20 years of experience, which includes being the projector director/manager of numerous water and sewer projects and programs in cities throughout Ohio. He is also a professional engineer with water supply and wasterwater operator licenses.
• Carl E. Geffken of Reading, Pennsylvania, chief operating officer of Berks County, Pennsylvania, with degrees from Binghamton University and City University of New York. Geffken has more than 25 years of financial experience, which includes working for several departments in New York City, the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the city of Reading.
• Bradley Lutz of Ashville, Pickaway County’s administrator, who has two business degrees from Ohio University. Lutz’s 10-year career includes positions in the State Auditor’s Office and Fairfield National Bank. He is also chairman of the board for the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce and a former president of the County Administrators Association of Ohio.
• Paul Wise of Westerville, Genoa Township’s administrator, who has a degree from Kent State University. Wise has 20 years of experience, serving as director of service-safety in East Liverpool, Ohio, before coming to Genoa Township in 2004. He is also active in the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Coalition of Large Ohio Urban Townships.
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 commission 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 job posting said. “At least five years as a manager or assistant manager in local government preferred.”
The deadline for resumes was Jan. 15.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.