Westerville finance director Jack Winkel has resigned his position with the city to become the new business manager of the Bexley Public Library.

Westerville finance director Jack Winkel has resigned his position with the city to become the new business manager of the Bexley Public Library.

Westerville city manager Dave Collinsworth fonfirmed Winkel's departure from the position he has held for more than 30 years.

Collinsworth said Winkel's decision leaves the city with "some huge shoes to fill."

"We are saddened by that," Council Chairman Mike Heyeck said of Winkel's announcement.

Heyeck said Winkel leaves behind high bond ratings that save Westerville money and financial strategies that will lead to a solid financial future.

"Mr. Winkel has a legacy that will last for a long time," he said.

Council member Eric Busch echoed those sentiments.

"(Winkel) does represent quintessential excellence in public service," Busch said. "The tradition of cities is to put up statues to firefighters and policemen. We don't typically erect them for finance directors, but if we did, it would be a tall one."

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