Jackson Township again is looking for applicants to fill its vacant administrator position.

The township has hired Cincinnati-based Novak Consulting Group to assist with the search.

The position was posted June 23 on Novak's website and others', including with municipal leagues, said Dave Burris, township trustee chairman.

"They have the connections and knowledge of where to post the position that we maybe don't have," Burris said. "Hopefully it will help get notice of the position more widely distributed and lead to a larger pool of quality candidates."

The township administrator position has been vacant since Mike Lilly retired in December 2017.

In March, the township interviewed Daphne Hawk, former Franklin County recorder, and J.P. Blackwood, a legislative and public-affairs specialist with Ohio Consumers' Counsel, as finalists for the position.

The trustees wanted to come to an unanimous decision -- a recommendation Lilly made before he left -- but were unable to do so, Burris said.

In its second search, the township is accepting applications through July 27.

"The timetable for making a decision will depend on the number of applications we receive and the number of candidates we interview, but we're hoping to have a person selected by September," Burris said.

"We're looking for someone who has experience and knowledge in public finance, budgeting and zoning issues and can effectively lead our day-to-day operations," he said.

The township is requiring candidates to have a bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, management science or a related field; and at least five years professional work experience in state, county or local government.

There is no residence requirement for the administrator, but the preference is for the person hired to live in the township.

The position is expected to have a salary range of $65,000 to $105,000, depending on qualifications.