Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk will continue to serve in that capacity until April or May, before taking a position as the Ohio Department of Development's chief legal counsel.

Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk will continue to serve in that capacity until April or May, before taking a position as the Ohio Department of Development's chief legal counsel.

Schmenk confirmed Feb. 20 that she had accepted a position with the state and would be stepping down as mayor of Marysville.

In a Feb. 21 press release from the ODD, director Mark D. Kwame announced that Schmenk would continue serving as mayor in a part-time capacity until April or May.

"We're very happy to have Chris join us," Kvamme said. "She brings a strong mix of public- and private-sector experience that will be valuable."

In addition to her position as Marysville mayor, Schmenk also works as director of external affairs for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. She will leave that position March 14.

Until Schmenk has relinquished mayoral duties and her position at Scotts, she will abstain from development department work involving Marysville, Union County and Scotts Miracle-Gro, according to the ODD.

Schmenk has worn several hats in her time at Scotts, beginning in 1993 as director of legal affairs. Since that time, she has also worked as director of government and community affairs and environmental stewardship, as well as vice president and chief ethics compliance officer. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University, as well as a bachelors of arts in history and political science from Ohio Northern University.


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