New Orange Township administrator Andrew King is on the job as of April 20.

Trustees approved his hire April 6. He will earn $110,000 annually and is eligible for the township's standard benefits package, said fiscal officer Lisa Kraft. The monetary value of his benefits is $46,746.

King, most recently an attorney in the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, replaced Lee Bodnar, who left in January.

King, 41, a Granville resident, has experience in Delaware County government; he was an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office from 2014 to 2019.

"While we aren't hiring Mr. King as an attorney, I am confident his background will lend itself well to helping us make good decisions in the best interest of our community," trustee Ben Grumbles said.

Grumbles said King was "highly recommended by leaders in neighboring townships where he provided legal assistance through the years."

"(King) brings a strong background and a great mix of experience to our team," trustee Ryan Rivers said.

King formerly was an attorney in private practice and also previously served in the Ohio Public Defender's office as an assistant public defender.

Grumbles said King's experience will serve the township in matters of "when to seek legal help, identifying and addressing risk, vetting advice received and interpreting it for township staff and leaders, and applying a legal lens to improve existing operations and processes."

"There's a great team in Orange Township that I'm looking forward to joining," King said.

"It will be good to work with many familiar faces in the area, like the county commissioners and other county leaders. We're going to keep the positive momentum going."

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