The Auglaize County administrator position has been filled.
Michael Hensley, 53, who works as a quality improvement manager and ombudsman with Allen County Children Services, accepted the position Tuesday after being offered the job by the Auglaize County commissioners.
He described his hiring as an honor and it will be a privilege to work with the commissioners, elected officials and department heads, and for the residents of Auglaize County.
“I’ve always wanted to serve the citizens and taxpayers,” said Hensley, who lives in the Cridersville area. “I consider them my boss.
“I’m committed and truly dedicated to the best interests of Auglaize County,” he said. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity.”
A lifelong resident of Auglaize County, Hensley’s family lives here and it’s where he raised his children.
“I love Auglaize County,” Hensley said. “I’ll do everything I can to the best of my ability to make Auglaize County a great place to live.”
Hensley is set to make $60,008 annually.
Hensley, who earned his master’s degree in public administration from Bowling Green State University, worked 25 years in public sector administrative work. He has served as a chief probation officer with Allen County Juvenile Court and as a residential administrator with the Association for Retarded Citizens before accepting the position with Allen County Children Services.
The commissioners stated Hensley was offered the position after much deliberation.
Commissioner John Bergman said Hensley’s experience in the public sector, as well as his understanding of the Ohio Revised Code and being well versed, made him stand out among the competition.
“I believe he has a true desire to serve the residents of Auglaize County,” Bergman said. “We feel he can do a good job.”
Hensley is to start work on Dec. 15 for some training with current Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart and will fill the role while Lenhart is on vacation beginning in January, officially taking the helm on Feb. 1. Lenhart leaves making approximately $74,000.
Prior to his official start date, Hensley will attend a few budget hearings and spend time working with Lenhart in the evenings to familiarize himself with the position. Lenhart also has offered to be available during his time off to assist if needed with questions.
Through the position, Hensley is to assist in the administration, enforcement and execution of the policies and resolutions of the Board of County Commissioners, according to a resolution passed Tuesday by the commissioners
Hensley was in a list among the top three final candidates from the beginning of the selection process, but before receiving his offer, the job was offered to two other candidates.
Tim Klopfenstein initially accepted the position on Oct. 27, but then turned it down a week later citing personal reasons. He had been scheduled to start work this week.
Prior to that, Kim Everman, who serves as the county administrator for Mercer County, had turned down an offer for the position as well.
Forty-three applications were received initially for the position with an additional six received after Klopfenstein turned down the job. Bergman said they stuck with their original candidates in the hiring process, but that they will leave the other applications on file in the interim.
“They were not considered at this point,” Bergman said. “We went through the process and got it narrowed down to nine good candidates and then narrowed it down to four. We started down that list knowing that any of the four would be qualified.”
Hensley also had applied for the position when it was offered to Lenhart 12 years ago and would have been offered the job if Lenhart had not accepted it then, Bergman said.
The commissioner noted he’s anxious for him to get started.
“We’re behind the time schedule we set for ourselves by about two weeks,” Bergman said.