Pickerington Times-Sun

Violet Township

Director of operations leaving for city job in Pataskala

Benjamin King is leaving after four months in his township position


After a little more than four months on the job, Violet Township Director of Operations Benjamin King is leaving his post to become Pataskala's city administrator.

King was appointed by Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton at the July 7 Pataskala City Council meeting. The appointment was then confirmed by a unanimous vote of Pataskala City Council.

According to Compton, King will officially start his position July 21.

King was identified as one of two final candidates for the Pataskala administrator's position two weeks ago.

An ad hoc search committee in charge of filling the position recommended King as the top choice June 26.

July 2, King advised Violet Township officials he was pursuing the Pataskala administrator's position, according to Violet Township Trustee Harry Myers Jr.

King served as Pataskala's public service director for more than 6 years prior to coming to Violet Township March 3.

He replaced long-time Director of Operations Bill Yaple, who retired March 31.

Compton said King's familiarity with the city of Pataskala made him the best candidate for the position. King had also filled in for the administrator several times during his previous tenure with the city.

King said he has enjoyed his time at Violet Township.

"They have a great staff and a great team in Violet Township," King said.

"I am fully confident that things will continue to go well for the township," he said.

Myers said Violet Township Fire Chief John Eisel will serve as the township's Director of Operations "on an interim basis," effective July 21.

He said there is no definite timetable to find King's replacement

Myers said even though King's stay was short, he brought a high level of expertise and professionalism to the township.

"All the people of the township wish him the best," Myers said.

"Personally, I just wish he would have stayed longer. He did a great job for the township."