Last updated: January 16. 2014 7:52PM - 2233 Views
WILLIAM LANEY wlaney@civitasmedia.com

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WAPAKONETA — The third Auglaize County county administrator resigned Tuesday without notice and without explanation.

Mike Hensley, 55, presented his resignation to the Auglaize County commissioners Tuesday morning, stating he was leaving his post effective at 9 a.m., Commissioner John Bergman said.

“When he gave us that letter, it was a surprise. He gave no reason for his resignation,” Bergman said Thursday regarding the one-line letter.

Attempts to contact Hensley on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Bergman said Hensley did well on his last evaluation, but “we did not have a chance to go over his present evaluation.” The county administrator is responsible in developing a county budget, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county buildings and filling out and making sure grant applications are submitted on time on behalf of the county.

Hensley started as county administrator Feb. 1, 2012, after serving as assistant county administrator under former County Administrator Joe Lenhart beginning Dec. 15, 2011. Hensley made $60,008 during his first year as administrator.

Hensley, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from Bowling Green State University, worked as the quality improvement manager and ombudsman with Allen County Children Services prior his Auglaize County appointment. Previously he worked as the chief probation officer with Allen County Juvenile Court and as a residential administrator with the Association for Retarded Citizens.

He was a finalist for the county administrator position when Lenhart was hired in 1999.

In the meantime, Bergman and fellow commissioners Doug Spencer and Don Regula and county clerk Esther Leffel intend to assume the responsibilities of the position.

“In fact, Doug is working on a report right now, and I have one on my desk that is going to be due in a couple of days,” Bergman said. “We are working on those things to make sure we meet those deadlines and then in the next couple of weeks we will work on getting this job posted.

“We are not in any real hurry,” he said. “The main thing is we have to get things done that need to be done right after the first of the year.”

Prior to Hensley, Lenhart served 12 years as county administrator. He succeeded Kurt Kuffner, who left in 1999, to take the position of business manager with St. Marys schools.

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