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Baltimore village administrator resigns

BALTIMORE – Village Administrator Marsha Hall resigned, effective Dec. 30, to accept a job with the City of Groveport, Ohio.

According to a press release dated Dec. 29, “Baltimore Mayor Bob Kalish wished (Hall) the very best in her new position and thanked her for her years of dedicated service to the Village of Baltimore, commenting, ‘Together with many other grants, (Hall) helped secure the Safe Routes to School Grant for a pedestrian walkway along SR 158 to the new Liberty Union-Thurston Middle School and the Liberty Union- Thurston Elementary School. We will see benefits from this project in 2012 and for years to come.’”

Baltimore Council President Judy Landis also thanked (Hall) for her years of service and added, ‘(Hall) brought extensive knowledge and background to her position with the village and she will be truly missed. She worked very well with village council.’”

Hall began with Baltimore Village Feb. 9, 2004.

“We wish her the best of luck,” said Kalish Tuesday. He said the Groveport position is an advancement for Hall. He said Baltimore has posted an advertisement for Hall’s open position on the Ohio Municipal League’s web site and the village will accept resumes until the position is filled. In the meantime, “We’re all filling in,” said Kalish, and village administrative staff members are all doing what they can until a new village administrator is hired.

“ We’re getting some ( resumes) in already,” said Landis.

“We were hoping she wouldn’t leave,” said council member Jim Hochradel. He said Groveport made her an offer previously, but Baltimore pulled several positions together so the village could counter offer. But, Hochradel said Groveport made her another offer with better pay, which she accepted.

“It was a good time for her,” he said, adding that the village only has a couple projects going now and as Hall edges toward retirement, her pension will be based on what she’s making when she retires. Also, “She felt as though she was a lightening rod here.” Hochradel said the way Hall’s position was designed she had to deliver a lot of bad news to residents with zoning violations and other infractions. This will likely be handled differently whenever a new administrator is hired. “We react when there’s a complaint and Marsha had to give all the bad news,” he said. “People forget that council makes the rules.”

Hochradel said Hall was very efficient and would take care of whatever needed to be done, even if it didn’t fall within her job description. “I appreciate what she did for the village,” he said, adding that Hall very skillfully wins grants.

Hochradel said that as of Tuesday, the village already had six resumes from prospective administrators. “It’s going to be interesting to see what we get in applications,” he said. Hochradel said a special committee would be created to review candidates, similar to the committee created to screen candidates for the police chief’s position, which eventually went to existing police chief Michael Tussey.

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