The Auglaize County commissioners will have to go back to the drawing board in finding a new county administrator.
Tim Klopfenstein told commissioners on Friday he had decided to not take the position only eight days after the commissioners reached an agreement on hiring the Wapakoneta businessman.
Klopfenstein’s decision came 24 days before he was scheduled to start work on Nov. 28.
“We were told Friday that for personal reasons, he was going to decline taking the position,” Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “That is all I can really say. The search continues.”
Klopfenstein was offered and accepted the position Oct. 27. Klopfenstein’s official hiring was pending paperwork and required background checks for the position.
Klopfenstein, 15119 Brown Road, currently serves as president and general manager of an independent office of MCC Capital Corp. since March 2010. On his resume he described his duties to include administering securities, equity products, life insurance, financial planning, estate planning and trust management services. He also developed and implemented business plans and trained bank personnel in the regulated referral process.
Prior to that, he had served in an executive director position at James A. Rhodes State College from 2008-2010 and in a variety of positions at MetoKote Corporation.
A formal announcement of Klopfenstein’s hiring last week never came.
Commissioner John Bergman had described Klopfenstein’s hiring as a “great choice among a lot of very good applicants.” He was hired for the position at $60,000 annually before turning the job down.
Klopfenstein was the second person to turn down the position after being offered it.
Kim Everman, who is currently the administrator for Mercer County, was initially offered the position but turned it down. Everman confirmed that she was offered the job but turned it down Oct. 26 in a telephone call to the office.
The commissioner’s minutes from their Oct. 20 meeting stated their plans were to offer the job to Everman and then to Klopfenstein if she decided to not take the position.
The commissioners had narrowed down the process to three potential candidates before offering the position to Everman. Along with Everman and Klopfenstein, Michael Hensley had been among the three final candidates.
Spencer would neither confirm or deny that Hensley is now the frontrunner for the job.
“The job was posted as open until it was filled and we are going to continue with that approach,” Spencer said. “We still have plenty of time, but we would like to get somebody in here so they can work along with Joe (Lenhart) for a while.”
Spencer said the position could be offered again as early as Tuesday, but the process also could take longer.
“There is the potential that we could figure out what direction we will decide to go Tuesday when we meet,” he said. “Then again we may go back and start the process over.”
The position became open after Joe Lenhart announced he planned to retire effective Jan 31. Lenhart’s last day in the office will be Dec. 30 and he plans to use vacation and flex time for the last month.