The Village of Walbridge will again seek applicants for the position of administrator.
Mayor Dan Wilczynski accepted the resignation earlier this month of Ken Gilsdorf, who had only been hired for the post in December 2011.
Mayor Wilczynski last week said he and village council will again have to come to an agreement on a job description for the position as well as a salary and then begin accepting letters of interest from applicants.
He said he will recommend a salary of $10,000 for the position, which he believes is a “two hour a day job at most.”
“I’m going to ask council to agree to the job description once again,” the mayor said. “We only want what’s required by the Ohio Revised Code.”
If council approves the job description and the salary recommendation, the village can then begin seeking applicants, according to the mayor, who said council can waive residency requirements for whoever is hired.
Council approved the mayor’s appointment of Gilsdorf to the position during council’s Dec. 12 meeting.
The mayor recommended Gilsdorf be paid $100 a month until Gilsdorf retired from CSX in April and then the annual salary would increase to $10,000, according to minutes of the meeting. Council later approved raising the salary retro-actively to $14,400.
The Gilsdorf resignation letter, dated Feb. 2, is brief: “Recently I was offered an opportunity to take a job with a non-profit that I have worked with in partnership for many years. I have decided to accept the job. Effective immediately I resign my position as Village of Walbridge Administrator.”
During the council meeting in which he was hired, councilmember Jan Sawaya opposed the appointment because council hadn’t had time to interview him, according to meeting minutes. She explained it wasn’t personal, but council should have more of a say in who is appointed. Also, two new members of council, Nathan Eikost and Fred Sloyer, would be taking office in January and they deserved a chance to interview applicants.
“We have waited a year and a half without a village administrator, two or three weeks will not make a big difference,” Sawaya is quoted saying in the minutes.
State law requires a village to have an administrator or board of public affairs. Mayor Wilczynski said he consulted with the village solicitor about the options and decided the process for appointing an administrator was less cumbersome.
Persons interested in the position should contact the mayor. The village office phone number is 419 666-1830. The address is 111 N. Main Street.