Mark Rosemark was named interim village manager Monday at a Wellington council meeting.
The water and sewer superintendent will collect an extra $1,000 on top of his salary each month until the replacement for the departing Steve Pyles is found.
The role is not new to Rosemark since he also served as interim village manager during the search to hire Pyles in 2006.
“He did an excellent job in this role a decade ago and I expect no less than that this time,” said mayor Hans Schneider.
Pyles announced last week that he is leaving Wellington to become village manager in Granville, Ohio, effective July 7. Now Wellington must begin a search for his replacement.
“I’ll be sending out notices to different Ohio publications that we’re starting our search,” said Schneider. “A committee made up of myself, the police chief, the finance director, our utilities superintendents, and a few others will be handling the process. It’s kind of a fluid plan.”
Schneider said the village plans to advertise the open position through July, review the applications in August, and then move forward with the selection process.
“We’re a very appealing community and I think we offer a lot. So hopefully we’ll have a lot of applications to go over,” he said. Ideally, we’ll want to narrow that down to about 10. That number could change based on how many applicants we end up having.”
The search committee will then share finalists with council, which will assist in finding a “final three,” according to Schneider.
“We’re still formulating how the interviews with the finalists will go,” he said. “I was very happy with how the schools conducted their superintendent search. When they got down to the final candidates, they used separate committees made up of teachers and citizens to do the interviews. I’m looking to do something similar.”
Schneider said a public forum to introduce the candidates is also a possibility.
Village council members and Pyles shared kind sentiments as they officially accepted his resignation at the meeting.
“I very much appreciate the opportunity presented to me 10 years ago by Mayor (Barbara) O’Keefe and council,” said Pyles. “I believe I met your expectations and exceeded them in many ways. It’s been my pleasure to serve this community and I will always reflect fondly upon my time here.”
“If a litmus test for successful public service is whether your community is better off than it was 10 years ago, there’s no doubt that we are,” replied Schneider. “A lot of that has to do with Mr. Pyles. He really turned this village in a positive direction.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Mark Rosemark will again serve as the village’s interim village manager until Steve Pyles’ replacement is found. He acted in the same role during the search to hire Pyles in 2006.