The city of Pickerington this week dismissed economic-development services director Susan Crotty.

The city of Pickerington this week dismissed economic-development services director Susan Crotty.

City manager Bill Vance said in a press release issued after the close of business on March 24 that Crotty, the city's economic-development services director since February 2010, had been terminated.

The release gave no explanation for her dismissal. Vance was traveling on Friday, March 25, and could not immediately provide comment.

Crotty's personnel file also was not immediately available upon request on Friday.

"Since arriving at the city of Pickerington (July 1, 2010), I have pursued a proactive and energetic vision for our development services department," Vance stated in the release. "Unfortunately, the vision has not always been shared.

"Therefore, I have made the decision to move forward with the search for a new economic-development leader who will work aggressively to put Pickerington at the forefront of central Ohio's efforts to bring new business growth and development to our city."

The economic-development services director is charged with leading business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts for Pickerington. The director also develops tax and other incentive packages designed to bolster local development.

According to Pickerington human resources director Lynn Miller, Crotty was placed on paid administrative leave through April 4, when her employment with the city officially will be terminated.

Reached by phone on Friday, Crotty said she was placed on leave on March 22. She declined to comment on events that might have lead to her dismissal.

"Every manager has the right to have (his or her) own management team, and Bill Vance has exercised that option," she said. "He'll have to answer anything further."

Crotty was serving her second tenure as Pickerington's economic development director at the time of her dismissal. In February 2010, then-acting city manager and Pickerington Police Chief Mike Taylor appointed her to the vacant post.

At the time of her appointment, there were no other candidates for the job and the position was not advertised by the city.

Crotty was paid $75,000 annually.

She previously served as Pickerington's economic-development director from July 1999 to May 2005, before leaving the city to become development coordinator for Columbus Urban Growth Corp., a tax-supported, nonprofit agency that led inner-city Columbus redevelopment projects from 1996 to 2008.

She left Columbus Urban Growth in July 2008 to become deputy director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development, until she resigned in October 2009. She said she left the agency due to leadership changes there. Ohio DJFS officials declined to discuss her exit from the agency, citing department policy for former employees.

Crotty also is a former Obetz economic development director.

"I'm fortunate to have a long and varied work history, which could take me in a lot of different directions," Crotty said. "I think I'm going to take a look at where I want to go with my career and explore all opportunities.

"I wish everyone in Pickerington the very best."

In his press release, Vance said the city would launch a national search for Crotty's replacement.

"We will be looking for a dynamic individual who will quickly jump into a leadership role in collaborative, regional efforts to bring new, quality jobs to Pickerington," Vance stated in his release.

"Susan Crotty has many professional skills and talents. We wish her well in all her future endeavors."