In his first act as mayor, former city council president John Gore named Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden to be the city's interim administrator April 18.

In his first act as mayor, former city council president John Gore named Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden to be the city's interim administrator April 18.

Gore was sworn in as mayor following the April 14 Marysville City Council meeting, succeeding Chris Schmenk, who stepped down to accept a position as chief legal counsel with the Ohio Department of Development.

Golden, who has worked for the city for seven years, said he is honored by the appointment. He will continue to serve as police chief while handling his new duties until a permanent city administrator is selected.

"I think this is a great opportunity for a new challenge, in addition to my regular duties," Golden said. "We have a very strong and supportive administrative team. The city's department heads work together well and cooperate, and that's what really makes our government operate well."

While a committee is in the process of securing a full-time Marysville director of administration to succeed Jillian Froment, who left the city's administration last month for a position with the Ohio Department of Insurance, Gore said he wanted someone at City Hall in the meantime to make things run more smoothly. As director of the county's Job and Family Services department, Gore spends much of the business day at the County Services Building on London Avenue.

"I felt the need for someone to be here (City Hall) during the day to oversee things," Gore said, "and I've worked with Floyd, basically, longer than I have with anyone else here at the city."

While Golden acts as director of administration, he has been granted signature authority for the city and will handle day-to-day city business; any contracts will go across the mayor's desk for signing, Gore said.

More than 35 people initially applied for the position of director of administration. A search committee has narrowed the list of finalists to four: Gerry Cotter, a former Genoa Township trustee; Terry Emery, director of public service for the city of Gahanna; Cheryl Nester, deputy legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services; and Allen Rothermel, assistant city manager of Delaware.

Gore previously said Marysville is not in a hurry to fill the position permanently and could even return to other candidates if one of the finalists isn't chosen.