Madison County commissioners are looking for a county administrator.
An employment notice for the new position has been posted on the county’s website as of Tuesday.
The ad seeks a candidate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a closely-related field with 10 years relevant governmental or closely related experience, including knowledge of governmental operations, budget development and management, and ability to maintain effective professional relationships with the public, county officials and others as representative of the board.
Salary will correspond with qualifications and experience, the ad states.
Commissioners say this individual will take the day-to-day burden from their shoulders so they can focus on strategic planning for the county moving forward.
Commissioner Paul Gross said all three commissioners are “like-minded” on the new position.
“We talked at length about it and are in agreement on the position,” Gross said Wednesday. “It’s long overdue. It’s good we’re taking this step.”
According to records from the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, 27 of Ohio’s 88 counties employ a county administrator. Among the list are surrounding counties Union, Pickaway, Delaware, Clark and Franklin.
“Everyone around us has one. It’s essential,” Gross said. “We have a staff of one. It’s a needed and important position to create.”
Commissioner David Dhume, who has served on the board for about 20 years, said the position has been a long time coming.
The conversation about hiring an administrator began 10 years ago before the recession of 2008, Dhume said. He had been talking to then-commissioners Chris Snyder and Bob Hackett. Dhume said the work load at that time was enough to warrant the position.
“Then the recession hit,” Dhume said. “Budgets went to crap and we scrapped the idea.”
But the county has rebounded financially since that time and is strong enough now to support the additional position, he said.
Dhume said the administrator would handle what’s known as the “day-to-day” operations of the commission, such as contract negotiation for services hired by the county, including but not limited to lawn care/snow removal, building repairs, lease negotiation for county-owned properties, working with the offices of elected officials on their day-to-day needs.
Dhume said the commissioners’ goal and focus of having an administrator will aid them in dealing with issues in a more timely manner.
“Not so much will fall through the cracks. You work from a different perspective when you’re working from behind,” Dhume said.
It will also improve coordination and communication to other offices.
With an administrator handling those kinds of tasks, Gross said it will allow the commissioners to focus on strategic planning for the county.
“Focusing on the strategic oversight of the county is the most important thing the county commissioners do,” Gross said. “When you’re focused on some repair, you’re not focused on strategic planning. We’re large enough to have one.”
Resumés are due by Aug. 15.
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