Holly Mattei, who has led Violet Township's business recruitment and retention efforts for more than two years, will step down Dec. 20 as the township's development director.

Mattei, 42, submitted her resignation Dec. 5. She has held the position since April 2017.

"I'm going to pursue some other opportunities," she said.

Mattei said she couldn't discuss her plans, but she is one of six finalists for the Groveport city administrator's job. Those interviews were scheduled for Dec. 10.

Her resignation came after she was one of 12 people vying to succeed John Eisel, who died July 5 at the age of 55, as township administrator.

"As I went through that process, it opened my eyes to wanting to look elsewhere," Mattei said.

Violet Township Fire Chief Mike Little, who is serving as the township's interim administrator, said officials were "saddened" to receive Mattei's resignation.

"Holly has been an asset to the township and its development over the past two to three years," Little said. "Holly served the township well and guided a number of economic-development projects in the township."

As of Dec. 9, Little said, township officials hadn't begun accepting applications for a new development director.

He said a timeline for finding Mattei's replacement wasn't clear because the Violet Township trustees are expected to evaluate the position, as well as the township engineer's position that has been vacant since Greg Butcher left to become Pickerington city manager Sept. 30.

The trustees hope to have a full-time administrator before March.

"The township has temporarily reassigned duties for the engineer and development-director positions," Little said. "The interim (administrator) continues to serve until such time a township administrator is hired.

"This also gives the trustees an opportunity to evaluate our staffing model and make any necessary changes going forward."

According to the township's fiscal office, Mattei's annual salary as development director was $85,696. She also received benefits, which although not part of her salary, cost the township $74,640 annually.

Mattei said she was proud of the role she has played during her tenure in helping the township purchase the purchase of the Wigwam, 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road NW, for $2.7 million in July 2018. The township moved its administrative headquarters to the former retreat and hunting lodge in July of this year.

She said she also believes the work she did in collaboration with the Fairfield County Transportation Improvement District to help begin studies for a U.S. Route 33 to Interstate 70 connector should yield future traffic benefits to the township and region.

Violet Township has seen increased truck traffic on its roadways with the opening of Amazon distribution centers in Etna Township, Mattei said.

A U.S. 33 to I-70 connector "would build infrastructure for that truck traffic," she said, and would create economic development opportunities for Violet Township and other municipalities along the connector.

"I've really enjoyed all the opportunities Violet Township has provided me," Mattei said. "I know they will be useful to me in my journey forward, and I wish everyone here the best of luck."

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