Bill Sampson said the timing was right when late last month he resigned as Reynoldsburg's director of public services.
After the November election, "there's going to be changes, and I wanted to step back and evaluate my options," Sampson said. "I had spent my entire career in the private sector, and it was a great opportunity for me to contribute to the city I grew up in. It's fulfilled a fairly important item on my bucket list because I wanted to spend time in the public sector."
Sampson, 58, had been in the position since early 2016. The director of public services oversees streets, water and storm water, sanitary sewers, refuse collection and the building department.
Mayor Brad McCloud is not seeking re-election to the position he's held since 2008. In addition to a new mayor, city voters also will elect a council president and four council members.
The mayor still is considering whether to replace Sampson, human-resources director Sandra Boller said. In the meantime, those duties have been distributed among the mayor and other department directors, Boller said.
Sampson was paid $91,124.80 annually, and according to Boller, the range for the position is $67,759 to $97,776.
Before becoming director of public services, Sampson worked in the architecture and engineering fields. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering/technical writing from Ohio University.
A lifelong Reynoldsburg resident, Sampson served on several city boards, including the design review board, before his appointment.
During his tenure, he served as the project manager for the new community center YMCA, currently under construction on Davidson Drive; worked on the 2018 comprehensive plan; and oversaw an increase in spending on roads and sewer infrastructure.
Voters in 2017 approved an increase in the city income-tax rate from 1.5% to 2.5%.
It's expected to generate about $6.5 million annually for road and infrastructure needs as well as the community center.
"We went from spending $500,000 two years ago to spending $4 million last year and close to $4 million this year on roads and sewers. That's a credit to the mayor and city council," Sampson said.
Sampson, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011 to represent Ward 3 on city council, said he doesn't plan to run for office again.
"The city has an outstanding staff, and I'm so excited about where our community is, direction-wise and leadership-wise," Sampson said. "We have an exceptional community, and it's important that we keep that moving forward."