Thornville seeks administrator
THORNVILLE – Village of Thornville government will change soon as Village Administrator Ron Koehler plans to retire at the end of May.
“Ron submitted his resignation in February,” said Thornville Mayor Gavin Renner. “He had been already talking about resigning at the end of the last calendar year.” He said Koehler tendered his resignation effective May 31 to give the village time to seek a new administrator.
Koehler has worked for Thornville since 2005. Renner said initially Koehler was the interim village administrator under former mayor Dale Brussee and later took the job on a part-time, permanent basis under former mayor Beth Patrick.
“Council discussed the village’s needs in March and determined that it would be difficult to replace Ron as he has performed above and beyond in his duties consistently,” said Renner. He said council updated the administrator’s job description to match additional duties that council members would like to continue to see performed. “The need for a full- time administrator was discussed,” said Renner. “Again, Ron often spends extra hours on the weekends and during the week performing his duties.”
Renner said the demands of the job are pretty high because they include not only hands-on work, but also coordination and management of the village’s water treatment and wastewater treatment plants. Additionally, there is planning and coordination for street maintenance projects and the village administrator supervises several employees on a daily basis.
Council members also determined that to attract qualified candidates they would increase the administrator’s salary. “Currently it’s $26,500,” said Renner. “It was changed to a salary range of $35,000 to $45,000 depending on experience.”
Renner said the village is currently advertising for the position in The Beacon and through the Ohio Municipal League. “We’ve also received a number of leads via word of mouth,” he said. The deadline for resumes is April 30 at the Village Office. “We have a number of candidates for consideration,” said the mayor. “We will start evaluating and contact candidates after the (April 30) deadline.”
Koehler had no comment.