By this time next year, Marysville residents could potentially see seven new faces in its legislating body and city administration.

By this time next year, Marysville residents could potentially see seven new faces in its legislating body and city administration.

In the past few weeks, city administrator Jillian Froment and mayor Chris Schmenk both announced they were taking new jobs with the state - Froment with the Ohio Department of Insurance and Schmenk with the Ohio Department of Development. Froment has already begun her new position, while the mayor has said she will stay on in Marysville for the next couple of months.

With the city's charter stating that the administrator is to be appointed by the mayor with the approval of city council, Schmenk has said that she and a committee of public and private sector county residents will interview candidates for that position in the coming weeks. A deadline of March 31 has been set to receive applications for the position, which pays $90,000 to $115,000.

Schmenk said she will stay on as mayor until April or May. The city charter states that when the mayor resigns, the council president shall succeed to the office. Council president John Gore said last week that he is working with city law director Tim Aslaner and county prosecutor David Phillips to determine what course of action should be taken.

When Gore is sworn in as Marysville's mayor when Schmenk leaves office, the charter states that his at-large seat on the council shall be deemed vacated and replaced.

"We will have to appoint a new council member to fill John Gore's position," said councilman Mark Reams. "We typically advertise for interested people to apply. Council interviews candidates and will select someone to fill that position until the election in the fall. This will be similar to how we filled the position previously held by John Marshall, who stepped down from city council when he had to move out of state because of a change in his job."

"Hopefully the residents won't even notice a change," councilman Nevin Taylor said. "Ideally the three links of the chain will stay strong."

Councilwoman Tracy Richardson said the council will work to keep the transition smooth.

"Our goal is to keep the momentum of government seamless and with minimal disruptions during the transition," she said. "It means cooperation in the performance of our duties while still asking the tough questions to ensure we're doing the right thing for the city."

Along with Gore's council seat, all four seats representing Marysville's wards will be up for election this November. The council members with expiring four-year terms, Tracy Richardson (Ward One), Daniel Fogt (Ward Two), Deborah Groat (Ward Three), and Nevin Taylor (Ward Four) have all told ThisWeek in the past month that they intend to run for re-election this year. Marysville residents wishing to run for mayor or city council have until Aug. 10 to register with the county board of elections.

Groat told ThisWeek she believes the transition will be fairly smooth.

"The transition time we are facing is challenging, but should prove seamless for the residents of the city.... I am personally sorry that the city needs to replace both Ms. Froment and Mayor Schmenk, but I think the coming processes will prove the intelligence of having a system in place, and working the system to make the transitions as seamlessly as possible," Groat said.

Fogt echoed Groat's confidence in the process.

"(Schmenk) and (Froment) have served Marysville very well and they will be difficult to replace, but our goal is to have a smooth transition resulting in no major issues," Fogt said. "We have a fine staff which is dedicated and experienced in their respective departments."

Councilman Henk Berbee said that although new faces will definitely be in the mayor and administrator positions, he believes Schmenk and Froment's footprints will be visible in Marysville for at least five to seven years.

"Both are strong leaders, and have made strong appointments to our departments," Berbee said. "With us as the council, we're in a leadership, a directional capacity we don't really run the city. It's the appointed people, the people that are out doing snow removal, all of those positions that conduct the business of running the city, and they will continue on. I don't think the citizens of Marysville will see any real difference in that respect."

With a potential musical chairs game taking place in Marysville government this year, Reams said new blood is always good for the city.

"It seems that at each election, we see a new person or two elected to office. This has been good in bringing in fresh ideas and new perspectives to balance with the experience of those who are still serving," he said. "If a resident is interesting in learning more about our city government, there are also several board and commissions. We have openings on those periodically as well and I would encourage any resident who might be interested to contact our clerk of council to discuss any current openings."

Reams, Groat, Berbee, Fogt and Richardson all told ThisWeek that they do not intend to run for mayor this year. Taylor said that if Gore decides to run for election, "I'll be out there campaigning for him," otherwise, Taylor will consider running for mayor himself. Gore declined to speculate on whether or not he would run in the fall.