Groveport City Council will consider legislation April 8 that would change Jeff Green's official title and make one of the jobs he holds now -- that of finance director -- a separate position entirely.

Green is currently Groveport's assistant city administrator and finance director. He also has been handling economic development duties for the city.

That could soon change. City Administrator Marsha Hall has asked City Council to establish the position of assistant administrator and development director.

"As the city has made advances to concentrate on the downtown, office and the city's Gateway districts, we believe that it's in the city's best interest to once again go back to two positions so that development can have the attention it requires," Hall said in her report to council.

Green has been serving as assistant city administrator and finance director since 2012. Prior to that, he was Groveport's economic-development director.

"In 2011, the economic development director was made the interim finance director when the then-finance director resigned," Hall wrote. "Directing the finance department was in addition to his other duties overseeing economic development and acting as assistant administrator when required. In 2012, those duties became permanent."

If approved by council April 8, the ordinance would change Green's title to assistant administrator and development director -- if he accepts it -- and the city would begin the search for a finance director. Green's annual salary of $109,179 will not change.

Hall said the annual pay range for the newly created position would be between $70,446 and $113,237, the same as that for finance director.

In comparison, Canal Winchester's development director salary range is between $75,245 and $108,730, Grove City's is between $93,600 and $135,200 and Pataskala's salary range for its development director is between $81,785 and $102,912, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's 2018 Annual Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey.

"Most recently, we've been trying to create and encourage people to come in and continue the development of downtown," Councilman Scott Lockett said. "One of the reasons for recreating the position was so that we can do that effectively and not miss out on opportunities.

"Jeff has effectively worn many different hats in the past, but at some point, you ask, 'Does this make sense?' "

Council President Shawn Cleary said Green has done excellent work as finance director, with the city receiving several awards from the state auditor's office.

"Whoever comes in there is going to have big shoes to fill," he said. "We take a lot of pride in that."

Councilman Ed Dildine Jr. said the decision to separate the two positions again is the right call.

"We always said if it ever got to be too much having the combined positions, we'd think about splitting them out again," he said. "It's time. We made the transition from a village to a city.

"It's a great opportunity to bring in a finance director, and Jeff can go back and focus on development."

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