County seeks new administrator

Auglaize County Commissioners have begun accepting applications for a new county administrator and hope to hire someone within the next four to six weeks, Commissioner John Bergman said Monday.

The position has been vacant for nearly five months after former administrator Mike Hensley resigned without notice on Jan. 14. Hensley occupied this position for nearly two years.

Bergman said since Hensley resigned so close to the first of the year, several reports needed to be filed first before the commissioners could begin the process of advertising for a new administrator. 

“We got the reports done and turned in on time, and after that we continued down that path while we evaluated what we thought the (administrator) position encompassed,” Bergman said. “That brought us to this point here.”

During the evaluation process, Bergman said he and Commissioners Don Regula and Doug Spencer decided to “tweak” the description of the job to encompass an economic development component.

Bergman said they do not want the administrator to get in the way of the county’s coalition of local economic development directors, but rather assist them on matters that may fall outside their political jurisdiction. He said there could be some issues that come up in rural portions of the county where there is no economic developer that could potentially be handled by the county administrator. 

For the full story, see the Tuesday, June 10 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.