Marysville city administrator Jillian Froment has accepted a new position with the state of Ohio and will be leaving her Marysville post on Feb. 11.

Marysville city administrator Jillian Froment has accepted a new position with the state of Ohio and will be leaving her Marysville post on Feb. 11.

Froment told ThisWeek on Wednesday that she accepted a job as chief administrative officer with the Ohio Department of Insurance on Jan. 24.

"I will be an assistant director, but (CAO) is the working title," she said. "This was something I couldn't walk away from I got into public service to try to serve, and I think this will be a great opportunity to serve all Ohioans."

Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk said Froment's expertise will be missed.

"We will certainly miss her, but we recognize it's a great opportunity for additional public service," Schmenk said.

Froment has worked as city administrator since April 2008. Schmenk said Marysville will soon begin a search for a new administrator.

"We don't have anyone chosen or targeted, so we'll conduct a full and open search," Schmenk said.

Froment said the decision to leave her position in the city's administration was a hard one to make.

"I'm certainly excited about the opportunity, but it's been an emotional last three or four days, because I really love Marysville," she said. "I came here because I care about the community, and the hard part has been knowing that I won't be a part of that every day."

In her new job, Froment will administer the human resources, IT, financial and legal aspects of the Ohio Department of Insurance. While this particular state department might not be very flashy, Froment said it serves several functions that directly affect Marysville and Union County residents.

"They regulate the insurance agencies, protecting consumers against fraud, while a key role is looking at the whole health care reform issue," she said. "That was something that attracted me to the job to figure through the health care issue and how it will impact Ohio."

Marysville's director of administration is appointed by the mayor with a majority approval from the city council and is charged with planning, organizing and coordinating all municipal activities. In Marysville, the administrator often acts as the city's point of contact with residents and the media. Marysville's city administrator is paid an annual salary of $102,485.