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More changes for Thornville government

THORNVILLE – Just days after Thornville Village Administrator Josh Eggleston announced his resignation, Thornville Village Council President Jim Royer announced that he is stepping down from his position as well, effective immediately.

In a statement distributed to council members and village staff Monday, Royer, who served on council for about 14 months, said, “The village has issues facing it that need people with the right vision and leadership skills to move the village forward. It has become very apparent to me that me personality, leadership style, and knowledge level are not what the Village of Thornville needs.

“I relinquish all pay I have pending and offer to complete the installation of the new billing program for the village. I will also pass on all the information I have on the mechanical operation of the village pool.” Royer served as council president since the beginning of the year.

“I am shocked and surprised,” said Thornville Mayor Dale Brussee. “I appreciate all the work he’s done for the village,” particularly with the village’s finances and the community swimming pool.

Under the advice of the village solicitor, council member Beth Patrick said the village held an emergency meeting Monday night to accept Royer’s resignation. Council voted to name Patrick as council president, a position she’s previously held. The council vacancy will be advertised and council members will interview all interested citizens. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, council will appoint a new member within 30 days of Royer’s resignation. “(Royer) did a wonderful job for the village. He will be missed,” said Patrick.

Even more changes for Thornville:

+ Patrick said Clerk of Council Deborah Morgan will announce her resignation during Monday night’s council meeting. The village will advertise for her position as well.

+ Eggleston said Candice Wolfe is Thornville Pool manager for the 2007 season. The pool will open on the first day of the Northern Local School District’s summer vacation. The pool needs lifeguards and people to work the concession stands. Those interested should apply at the village office.

+ Patrick said council members will visit surrounding communities that have boards of public affairs. Although council still intends to advertise for candidates to replace Eggleston as village administrator, council members want to keep their options open. Having a board of public affairs to manage the village instead of a village administrator may be more cost effective. A board of public affairs has managed the village in the past.

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