Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk is confident that the second appointment of her young administration will prove to be a good one.

Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk is confident that the second appointment of her young administration will prove to be a good one.

She won't have to wait long to find out. New Public Service Director John Mitchell assumes his new duties Monday.

Mitchell is the second appointment made by Schmenk since she took office in January. Earlier this year, she named Jillian Froment as the new director of administration, filling a position previously held by Kathy House.

Mitchell fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Tracie Davies, who had served for the past five years.

"We think John exhibits the necessary knowledge, skills and ability to excelÉ," Schmenk said in a June 6 memo to city council seeking Mitchell's confirmation.

Schmenk said Mitchell has a wealth of hands-on experience.

"He began by putting in six years as a street equipment operator for the city of Maumee and worked his way up through the ranks in his long and very professional career," Schmenk said. "He was a street supervisor for eight years with the village of Waterville, the public works superintendent for six years with the city of Huber Heights and the director of public service for the city of Vandalia."

Mitchell said he thinks his past experience has prepared him for the Marysville position.

"Starting out as a laborer and then progressing into an equipment operator position has allowed me the experience of actually performing the every-day jobs that all of the Service Department employees do," he said. "That hands-on work experience gives me respect for what those employees "deal with day in and out. Moving on to a working superintendent position at the village of Waterville gave me the experience of managing the daily, weekly and annual work load, budgets and equipment utilization."