Patrick appointed administrator
THORNVILLE– Village Council hired former Thornville Mayor Beth Patrick as the village’s new administrator during a special meeting Monday night. Council president Mary Renner said council member Heidi Badders abstained from vote because her husband was also interested in the position, and council member Dale Brussee did not attend the meeting.
“The credentials she brings with her are just amazing,” said Renner, who added that Patrick participated in many of the administrator’s duties when she was mayor.
She was appointed mayor April 2007 when Brussee, also a former mayor, stepped down. She was then elected to a full term, but did not run again after that term. Current mayor Gavin Renner succeeded her. Patrick replaces administrator Chad Wilkins, whose official final day is Nov. 9.
Mary Renner said some council members doubted that Patrick, or any female candidate, could fulfill some of the physical labor duties the administrator’s position may require. “I don’t see any duties under the administrator that any woman could not do,” said Renner. “We’re not in the 1800s any more.” She said Patrick would work full-time and earn $38,000 annually.
Mayor Gavin Renner said Patrick’s duties would include management of public utilities (water, sewer, streets) as outlined in Ohio Revised Code. She’ll directly manage four employees as well as coordinate all the current and future village projects. “She’ll be starting in the next two weeks as she must give notice to her current employer,” said Renner.