Jefferson Township trustees were expected to vote on a contract for a new administrator this week.

Jefferson Township trustees were expected to vote on a contract for a new administrator this week.

Tom Spring, a former township administrator for Washington Township, has been offered the job.

His salary will be $75,000 a year, and he'll receive benefits.

"The board has offered the position to Tom Spring, and he has accepted," said the retiring administrator Ellen Walker.

Trustees received 34 applications for Walker's job after she announced her retirement. They had narrowed the list to eight and completed a first round of interviews. They then narrowed their choices to three and, after completing second interviews, decided Spring was the best candidate.

Spring is a former township administrator, having served in Washington Township and as a county administrator. He has a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's in public policy. He is in his third year at Capital University Law School.

"Jefferson Township is a beautiful community, and it has a nice rural atmosphere," Spring said. "It's a delightful place to be, with good people, and it's a good place to work."

Walker was preparing for the Feb. 23 meeting a resolution to hire Spring. Her last day of work is March 31. She said trustees wanted to bring a new administrator in to work with her to make the transition a smooth one.

Spring called the township "very innovative" and said he would have to determine his goals after he begins the job.

"I want to be supportive of the board and township departments and continue the excellent level of service," he said.

Spring was expected to attend the Feb. 23 meeting, after ThisWeek's press time.

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