Sunbury administrator down position down to 2 candidates

Sunbury village officials have narrowed the field to two finalists for the job of village administrator.

Former Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin retired in December, and Sunbury Village Council members and Mayor Tommy Hatfield advertised for Martin’s replacement as the New Year began.

Council members and Mayor Hatfield understood that finding a qualified replacement for Martin would not happen overnight. They were looking for a candidate who could grow with the Village as residential and commercial development escalates, both inside and outside the Village.

The net was cast wide, drawing many candidates from around Ohio. At the beginning of the year Mayor Hatfield had said he hoped to have the field narrowed by late March or early April, but arranging schedules that allowed candidates to be interviewed by Council members in executive session proved elusive.

By mid-May the field had been reduced to four candidates. That has since been reduced to two finalists — Don Buczek and Allen Rothermel.

Buczek is currently Assistant City Manager for the City of Bellbrook, Ohio. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Cedarville University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.

Rothermel is a retired Assistant City Manager of and a longtime employee of the City of Delaware. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and Finance from Miami University, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University.

Reached by phone over the weekend, Mayor Hatfield said he believes Council members will hold at least one additional executive session to interview Buczek and Rothermel before a decision is made.

Hatfield also said he appreciates how everyone at the Village Administration office has pitched in to help during the interim.

“Leading up to the summer season there’s been a lot of activity,” Hatfield said. “Our team has done a great job. They’ve made the transition smooth.”