After less than two years in his role as Delaware County's administrator, Ferzan Ahmed plans to resign to take a job in the private sector.

Delaware County on Oct. 13 announced Ahmed, a Powell resident, will leave county government effective Nov. 10 to become the director of transportation for Ohio for the private engineering firm AECOM.

The county hired Ahmed, a former deputy director with the Ohio Department of Transportation, in spring 2016.

Ahmed said in a statement he wants to transition back to a similar role to the one he held at ODOT before he retires.

"After a lot of thought, I felt it was best for me to return to highway infrastructure management to end my career," he said. "It has been an honor to work with the county's elected officials, directors and staff for nearly two years. They all are true professionals and very good at what they do.

"I also want to thank the (Delaware County) commissioners for this opportunity and their support from the time I applied for this job to the present. I intend to remain a resident of the county and remain active in the community."

The county hired Ahmed last year after an extended search for a successor for Tim Hansley, who served in the role of administrator from late 2010 to early 2016. The county's commissioners declined to hire any of the 30 initial candidates who applied for the job, then selected Ahmed after posting the position for a second time.

At the time, Ahmed had worked at ODOT for more than two decades. He began serving as the deputy director of District 6, which includes Delaware and Franklin counties, in 2011.

The county administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and works closely with the elected board of commissioners.

"We all wish Ferzan the best in his new position and, along with fellow Commissioners Gary Merrell and Barb Lewis, thank him for his leadership and commitment to Delaware County during his nearly two years as administrator," county Commissioner Jeff Benton said in a statement. "He has been an excellent ambassador for Delaware County and led many initiatives to improve efficiency, enhance planning and reporting and drive positive changes during his tenure."

Commissioners will begin a search immediately for Ahmed's successor, according to the news release.

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