Former Orange Township trustee David Eby and community park board chairwoman Jennifer Christian told township trustees June 21 they are interested in succeeding John Cassady on the board.

Former Orange Township trustee David Eby and community park board chairwoman Jennifer Christian told township trustees June 21 they are interested in succeeding John Cassady on the board.

Cassady resigned as trustee at 5 p.m. the same day. An attorney, Cassady has left to take a job as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., with a rural electric cooperative.

"Basically, Mr. Cassady had a professional opportunity available to him out-of-state that he could not turn down," said trustee chairman Nelson Katz.

Katz said he and fellow trustee Robert Quigley have 30 days in which to appoint a qualified township resident to replace Cassady.

Two years of Cassady's unexpired term will be on the 2011 fall ballot. It would appear as a four-year term on the 2013 ballot. The position pays $20,568 a year.

Prospective candidates have until the close of business on July 2 to submit an application to the township. The application must include a resume detailing the person's budgetary experience, management experience, leadership experience and past community involvement.

On Monday, Eby gave officials his resume. He served 12 years as a trustee, losing a bid for re-election in 2004. His township and community service has included terms on the zoning commission and the board of zoning appeals.

Christian has been a park board member since 2007 and has been chairwoman since January 2009. She also is a member of the communications committee of Olentangy Local Schools and of the North Orange Homeowners Association.

Both said during a break in the meeting that they have an interest in further serving the community as a trustee.

Katz and Quigley plan to hold an executive session at their July 6 meeting to select a list of applicants to be interviewed on July 12. The top candidate will be selected at a special meeting on July 14.

Should Katz and Quigley be unable to select someone by July 21, Delaware County probate judge Kenneth Spicer would make the selection.

Katz and Quigley wished Cassady well in his new job and said they appreciated his service to the township.

In his last few months as a trustee, however, Cassady stirred controversy by criticizing the zoning commission and squabbling with fiscal officer Joel Spitzer during regular meetings over the preparation of meeting minutes.

Cassady complained in March that he thought the citizen-volunteer zoning commission lacked organization and efficiency. Commission members rebuked the comments as inappropriate. Members said they were blindsided and Cassady had little knowledge of how the commission functions.

Last fall and winter, Cassady clashed with Spitzer, saying the minutes from several meetings were incomplete. Spitzer said they were fine. His office is in charge of keeping meeting minutes. The issues were later resolved between the two elected officials.

Also June 21, Katz and Quigley discussed placing a police levy on the November ballot. They decided the township should contact the Delaware County auditor's office to determine how much millage would be needed to raise $500,000 a year over three years.

Township residents in 2005 approved a three-year 0.4-mill levy which has since expired. Under a contract with the county sheriff, eight deputies will patrol the township this year.

The previous levy covered expenses for four deputies. Money was taken from the general fund to pay for the current contract, estimated to cost about $365,000 this year. The estimated cost of the contract is expected to rise each year and be at about $398,000 by 2013. Trustees have until Aug. 4 to place an issue on the fall ballot.

Township administrator Gail Messmer said during a break in the meeting the township has no current plan to hire a new parks, facility and grounds manager.

Bob Barbosky, who served in that job since 2003, was fired during a special meeting of trustees on June 16. Messmer refused to detail the reasons for the firing, although he had a predisciplinary hearing on May 7.

According to a draft of the minutes from the June 16 meeting, Barbosky acknowledged that he had clashed with his immediate supervisor, Beth Hugh, who became maintenance and parks director more than a year ago.

"When the maintenance and parks director position was formed, I was concerned that my authority and responsibilities as department head would be diminished," Barbosky said in a statement made at the meeting. "In the process, and as they were, I admit I resisted at first. ... I just want to be able to do my job and do it efficiently."

Barbosky also said, according to the draft minutes, that he thinks the situation improved and he could work well with Hugh. However, trustees, including Cassady, agreed unanimously with the recommendation to fire Barbosky.