With the departure of Delaware County's previous administrator, a three-person team has been installed to oversee the day-to-day operations of the county.
After less than two years on the job, Ferzan Ahmed announced in October he would leave his role as county administrator Nov. 10 to work in the private sector.
Delaware County announced Nov. 9 that Ahmed's role would be taken over by three current employees: Michael Frommer, head of the Delaware County Regional Sewer District; Dawn Huston, the county's administrative services director; and Seiji Kille, the county's fiscal services director.
County Commissioner Jeff Benton said in a statement the decision will help streamline the county's communication and decision-making processes.
"In reality, our operations won't change significantly," Benton said, "but we think that formalizing this structure will make it easier for the public to access leadership when they need to while also making sure we don't overburden one administrator with too many people reporting directly to her or him."
Frommer, whom the county hired in 2015, will hold the title of county administrator for legal purposes. Huston and Kille, who have worked for the county for 25 and 16 years, respectively, each will hold the title of deputy administrator.
"Our other directors and department heads will each report to one of these three administrators," Benton said.
Frommer will head the county's Office of Infrastructure and Development, overseeing the sewer district, the county's economic-development and code-compliance departments and the solid waste transfer station.
Huston will head the county's Office of Administration, Human Resources and Insurance/Risk, overseeing the county's communications, HR and records departments, among others.
Kille will lead the county's Office of Management and Budget, overseeing the county's emergency communications, EMS, fiscal services and safety departments, among others.
County spokeswoman Jane Hawes said the three administrators also will serve as liaisons to the county's elected officials.
Hawes said the three employees' compensation has not changed. Frommer's annual salary remains at $140,000, while Huston and Kille will continue to be paid $109,503 a year.
Ahmed's annual salary was $140,000 at the time of his departure.
Hawes said county commissioners intend to re-examine the new leadership structure in three months and make any needed changes. She said the structure may be "unusual" for county government, but she thinks it could be effective.
"People are pretty excited because it seems like a more-nimble way to go about what we do," she said.
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. Ahmed, who previously served as a deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation, now works for the engineering firm AECOM.