Senior Project Manager Sara Ott will leave her position with the city of Dublin, but she won't be going very far.

Senior Project Manager Sara Ott will leave her position with the city of Dublin, but she won't be going very far.

Ott was last week chosen as Washington Township's new administrator and the township board of trustees was expected to approve an employment agreement with her earlier this week.

"Sara has an excellent knowledge of the township from her time in Dublin and we are fortunate to have attracted her to this position," Trustee Gene Bostic said in a news release from the township.

The township launched its search for a township administrator this year after the Novak Consulting Group recommended adding the position in an efficiency study.

According to Bostic more than 60 people from throughout the country applied for the position and last week trustees interviewed five candidates.

Other finalists for the administrator position were: Liberty Township Administrator Dave Anderson; Delaware County Administrator Tim Hansley; Newport, R.I., City Manager Jan Howington; and Adam Maxwell, Westerville's director of administrative services.

Ott, a Dublin resident, has been a city employee since 2003 and "served in a variety of capacities in the organization" over the years.

"I love this community," Ott said. "I've been a part of it a number of years.

"I live here and work here. This is a great opportunity for me and my family to continue to be part of the community."

With Ott's experience in the community, trustees expect she'll be able to hit the ground running.

"She has impressed the community and the trustees as an effective leader and able to handle complex inter-jurisdictional issues that are of vital importance to the township's future," the news release said.

Ott will not be Washington Township's first administrator.

The last administrator left in early 2000 and was never replaced.

"I've felt the need for the position for some time," Trustee Denise Franz King told the Dublin Villager after the trustees voted to add the position in December.

"It could be a tremendous benefit for the incoming fire chief," King said. "It seems like now is the time to do it because we are entering a new phase of leadership."

Ott has a master's degree in public administrator from the University of Kansas and has been on the lookout for a job in the field.

"I was trying to eventually be an administrator or manager of a local community," she said.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity. There's a great staff at Washington Township and I look forward to working with the trustees.

"They provide great strategies and direction, and I want to help them to achieve it."

Ott is expected to start her job at Washington Township administrator April 28. Her annual salary will be $132,000.