After nearly three years leading Washington Township, administrator Sara Ott has resigned.

Ott will head west to serve as assistant manager for the city of Aspen, Colorado. Her last day with the township will be April 21.

Ott, has worked for Washington Township since April 28, 2014.

She said she thought hard about the decision.

"I work with, by far, some of the best public servants I've ever met in my life," Ott said of her Washington Township coworkers.

Prior to her township employment, Ott served as accreditation coordinator in Dublin from November 2003 to May 2005 and senior project manager from May 2005 to April 2014.

Ott was first introduced to the Dublin community in 1999, when she served as an intern for the city.

Since then, she said, she has enjoyed watching the community evolve and appreciates her role in it.

Among her achievements, Ott counts developing the township's first 10-year fiscal forecast model.

She said she also is proud of the township's efforts to reduce costs and efficiencies.

Ott said she appreciates township officials' efforts to provide information to residents about how their government uses their tax dollars.

Communication is one of the skills Ott honed during her time with Dublin and the township that she said she will apply in Aspen.

Ott said she learned how to work with others and work effectively with stakeholders such as residents, city officials and other interested parties.

Ott said ongoing projects her yet-unhired replacement will have to continue working on include bringing the township's information technology in-house and leading the fire department through its reaccreditation process.

WashingtonTownship board of trustees chairman Gene Bostic said the trustees were scheduled to discuss the search for Ott's replacement at their meeting April 4.

Bostic said he knew Ott well and will miss working with her.

"She takes her job very, very seriously," he said.

Township trustee Denise Franz King said she admired how Ott took the time to get to know individual staff members.

She also said she appreciated Ott's diligence in performing her duties.

"I have enjoyed working with her," King said. "She's a true professional."

A farewell reception for Ott will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 19 in the Township Administration and Training Center, 6200 Eiterman Road.

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