Washington Township has a new administrator.

The Washington Township Board of Trustees on Aug. 22 approved the appointment of Eric Richter as township administrator.

He fills the vacancy created when former township administrator Sarah Ott resigned to accept another job.

Richter, a Columbus resident, most recently served as county administrator for Union County. He began working for the county in July 2015. Prior to that, he served as director of operations in Cuyahoga County's fiscal department.

Previous jobs included director of non-legal operations in collection enforcement at the Ohio Attorney General's office, chief deputy auditor for Union County, president of the consulting firm Emergency Strategies Inc. and deputy treasurer for the Franklin County Treasurer's office.

Richter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public administration from Ohio University.

As township administrator, Richter is responsible for a $21.3 million budget and a staff of 101 full-time and 50 part-time employees, according to a township press release announcing his hire.

Sixty-two people applied for the position, and six were interviewed, said Leslie Dybiec, township spokeswoman. Richter's annual base salary will be $120,000. He also will receive a benefits package of $40,335.63, for a total compensation of $160,335.63. His first day will be Sept. 27.

Washington Township Board of Trustees Chairman Gene Bostic said he believes Richter is the type of person who has an open mind and an ability to look into the future.

Richter said he was attracted to the township's reputation for excellent public service.

"Striving for excellence is imbedded in the township's core values, and these are values I strongly believe in personally," Richter said.

He said his experience working with local fire and law enforcement agencies through emergency management along with his government finance experience will benefit him.

Richter said he will commit himself to several goals the board of trustees established, such as establishing strong relationships with regional and neighboring government officials and working with the township fiscal officer.

"My personal goal for the first month is to meet and introduce myself to every township employee," he said.

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