Marysville City Council President John Gore is prepared to succeed Chris Schmenk as the city's next mayor.

Marysville City Council President John Gore is prepared to succeed Chris Schmenk as the city's next mayor.

With Schmenk leaving to accept a position with the Ohio Department of Development, the city charter states that the city council president shall succeed to the office.

Gore said Schmenk has built a strong framework for her successors to follow.

"Mayor Schmenk has included me in a lot of the ongoing business of the city, and I see continuing what she started," Gore said. "Chris has laid a great groundwork, and a lot of that has been due to her willingness to work closely with the city council."

Gore, who also works as director of the Union County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS), said he does not think taking over as mayor of Marysville would necessitate his resignation from the county position.

Marysville's charter sets the position of mayor as a part-time position, and explicitly says that the mayor may have other employment and shall perform mayoral duties at the hours of the mayor's choice.

"Right now, I don't think it will affect my job with Job & Family Services, but I'm waiting for a decision from (Aslaner and Phillips)," Gore said. "I don't see it as an issue I'd plan on standard office hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at JFS and then be available for mayoral hours after that."

Almost exactly one year has passed since Gore took over as JFS director from Joseph Float, who retired last February.

Gore's background includes working in the local Marysville Bureau of Employment Services. In 1986, he transferred to the state office, working as labor relations manager for the Bureau of Employment Services, before becoming field manager. His last position held was deputy director in the office of the director, where Gore worked with special projects, eligibility, and major projects in human resources.

Gore's at-large seat on city council has three years remaining to the term. Once the transition to interim mayor has taken place, Gore's replacement on city council will be selected by the other six council members until the general election in November. Gore would serve as interim mayor until the election. He declined to comment on whether or not he would run for mayor at that point.