Hunt back on to fill one of Butler County’s top jobs

A woman walks through the morning shadows in the Government Services Center in Hamilton. Butler County is back on the hunt for a new assistant county administrator since their interim person is returning to the Water and Sewer Department. GREG LYNCH/2016
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A woman walks through the morning shadows in the Government Services Center in Hamilton. Butler County is back on the hunt for a new assistant county administrator since their interim person is returning to the Water and Sewer Department. GREG LYNCH/2016

Butler County is back on the hunt for a new assistant county administrator since their interim person is returning to the Water and Sewer Department.

The commissioners made Sue Vance their interim county administrator three months ago, but with Water and Sewer Director Bob Leventry retiring at the end of the month, they need her at the helm there as acting director. She was the assistant director for the water and sewer department prior to the interim county role.

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The commissioners earlier this year decided with a job as big as County Administrator Charlie Young has, he needs help. Butler County is the seventh largest in the state with a $95.9 million general fund budget and about 2,100 employees.

Commissioner Don Dixon said they are still determined to find someone.

“We’ll go back and look at our options and look for the type of talent we need for that slot…,” Dixon said. “We’re going to have someone, it’s just getting there.”

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The commissioners posted the number two position in January and received almost 250 applications for the new administrative position and a good number — almost half — apparently thought the $81,244-a-year job was for an administrative assistant, not a management position, according to an examination of the applications by the Journal-News.

Young said they won’t be re-posting the position any time soon and they are reaching out to leaders in the area who might be interested.

“I think it is still a high priority to find the right person for that job,” Young said. “We posted for it and we’ll continue to look at the resumes for some of those that applied. We will be looking to see if others have expressed an interest and we’ll be reaching out to other local officials for recommendations or to see what the interest would be for some of those that didn’t apply.”

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The commissioners interviewed six people for the job, including Vance, Finance Director Tawana Keels and Mike McNamara, who runs the land bank and port authority. Commissioner T.C. Rogers told the Journal-News they couldn’t come to a consensus on one candidate for the permanent position but all agreed on Vance for the interim job.

For this round, Rogers said “we are talking to a couple of people” and they will get it filled. He also said Vance is his pick to replace Leventry.

Human Resources Director Jim Davis said it is standard practice to use networking as a recruitment tool.

“If we have a position open, just about at any level we’re accessing our network if we can,” Davis said.

Leventry, who has been with the county for 22 years, said he’ll be turning 65 in a couple weeks and it was time to retire.

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