Plain Township zoning officer Ben Collins will assume additional duties in January when he takes his post as assistant township administrator.

Plain Township zoning officer Ben Collins will assume additional duties in January when he takes his post as assistant township administrator.

The Plain Township trustees unanimously voted at their meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, to promote Collins to assist current administrator J.B. Bowe with administrative duties beginning Jan. 1.

"Ben has been here for six months now," said trustee Don Shoemaker at the meeting. "We made a very good decision six months ago."

Both trustees Dave Ferguson and Bud Zappitelli agreed.

"I have enjoyed working with Ben," Ferguson said at last week's meeting. "This promotion is well-deserved."

Bowe said the trustees plan to hold another meeting by the end of the month to vote on a raise for Collins, among other year-end business items. The date has yet to be set for the meeting.

Collins, who joined the township staff in July, currently is making $50,000 per year plus insurance benefits.

"When we hired Ben, we hired him as a zoning officer with administrative duties," Bowe said. "That was to allow me to work fewer hours and eventually, Ben will probably, if he so desires, take my job when I decide to leave. I'll be working with Ben as a mentor to him, and we will be working on projects together more directly. I'm looking forward to that."

Bowe said Collins has also assisted with legal issues because of his background as an attorney.

Collins said he is excited to further assist Plain Township.

"I am looking forward to taking on more responsibility and hope I'll be able to work on more projects to benefit the township," he said.

"I think what I'm bringing to the township is experience and knowledge in township government and helping to resolved some ongoing issues," Collins said.

Collins started with Plain Township after former zoning officer Cathy Gray resigned earlier in the year. He previously worked with the Delaware County prosecutor's office and the Ohio Department of Education.

Collins lives in Columbus with his wife, Sarabeth, and his daughter, Hazel.