Robert Anderson, Northwood’s new administrator, is happy to be back home in northwest Ohio.
Anderson, who has held the position of administrator in Columbus, Georgia, Marion South Carolina and, most recently, East Jordan, Michigan, is from the area. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales high School and Ohio State University.
“I’m just so happy to be back home in Ohio,” Anderson told The Press on Wednesday.
“Sometimes you think the grass is greener somewhere else. But I got homesick,” he added.
Anderson, 63, said he plans to move to Northwood. “I always thought the administrator should live in the city,” he said.
His impression of Northwood is that it’s more urban than he thought it would be.
“Northwood really surprised me. It’s got a lot of businesses. It’s really cool. When you grow up some place, you think you know everything. But I didn’t know that much about Northwood. I was pleasantly surprised.”
Police Chief Tom Cairl has been acting administrator since Recker resigned.
Anderson’s starts his new position on Sept. 4.
Mayor Mark Stoner said he recommended Anderson for the job because he interviewed well.
“Everyone was comfortable with him. He’s from here originally, and has a lot of experience,” said Stoner.
The city received 40 resumes for the position, which had been vacant since May when former city administrator Dennis Recker abruptly resigned after just 19 months on the job.
Stoner picked three candidates from the list of resumes after he had asked council members to review and score them from 1-10.
Besides Anderson, the other finalists were Robert A. Schaumleffel, Jr., who was a town manager of Red Springs, North Carolina, and Joshua M. Eggleston, rural development specialist with the WSOS Community Action Commission in Fremont.
The city also recently hired a new finance director, effective last Monday.
Stoner recommended, and council approved, hiring Ken Yant, who was finance and revenue director in Northwood from 1998 to 2000. Yant was also the director of finance for the Monroe County Road Commission from 2000-2010, part-time fiscal officer for Rocky Ridge from 2010 to 2012, and finance officer for North Baltimore from 2011-2012.
Former Finance Director Toby Schroyer resigned to take a job in Sylvania.
The city already had Yant’s resume because he had applied for the position of city administrator.
“When Toby quit, Tom [Cairl] and I were taking, and he said `Ken Yant is available.’ We knew Ken was at least interested in the administrator job. So, I called him, and he was interested in the finance director position, too. It was pretty much an easy decision at that point. I and some on council are familiar with him, since they were on council when he was in Northwood years ago. We were just very fortunate that the timing was good. We knew Ken was looking for a new job, and we had an opening,” said Stoner.