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Etna Township

Trustees decide administrator will replace zoning inspector


Etna Township trustees have decided to look for a township administrator with zoning experience to replace township Zoning Inspector Chris Harkness, who left Feb. 20.

"We're busy enough on a daily basis that it's going to take someone there to keep things straight," Trustee John Carlisle said.

Harkness, who was hired by Etna Township in May 2008, has taken a job with the Licking County Planning Commission.

Carlisle said Trustee Randy Foor is writing a job description for the position, which will include management of daily township operations and zoning inspections.

In the interim, the township has hired former trustee Gary Burkholder to work no more than 25 hours a week at $30 an hour.

"We told him this does not secure him a spot as administrator," Carlisle said. "He's going to apply for the position, we know that, but this in no way locks him into anything nor does it bar him from it, either."

Carlisle said trustees have not yet approved a salary range for the new position.

"We're looking at the budget now and we know we're going to be paying more than we did for Chris," he said. "A good administrator is worth their weight in gold."

Harkness was earning $51,000 annually when he left.

People interested in applying for the position should email a resume to: or mail a resume to Walter Rogers, Etna Township fiscal officer, 9363 Hazelton-Etna Road, state Route 310, Etna, Ohio 43018.

Carlisle said he expects trustees to be interviewing candidates within three weeks.

He said out of the 1,308 townships in the state, Etna Township is the 54th largest.