XENIA — Greene County commissioners have re-opened the search for a new administrator after their first choice decided to stay put.
Warren Brown, currently the Sandusky County administrator, accepted the position earlier in the week but reconsidered Thursday after contemplating a one-year contract offer with two option years.
“Because of that there were some (familial) issues on the home front,” Brown said. “That uncertainty was more than could be reckoned with. A six-figure job was not worth the stress of having familial difficulties. It wasn’t an issue until it came down to the one year.”
Brown desired more.
“He wanted a three-year deal,” County Commissioner Tom Koogler said on Friday. “He was afraid at the end of that one year we would not renew that option. As long as he did his job and met the expectations … we’re certainly going to extend that contract. We have no reason to change county administrators like we’re going to change clothes.”
Brown said he believed that the county would have honored the option years but still was adamant about a longer deal to start. There were no other issues.
“Everything else was going to be great,” Brown said. “The people down there were great. We would have made a real team.”
So instead, the search is back on.
“We’ve already started,” Koogler said. “It started (Thursday). We’re out beating the bushes and making some phone calls to some organizations to try and get names for people. “
Koogler said when a new administrator is found, this experience won’t cause them to alter the negotiations. Commissioners will still offer a one-year contract with options.
“We’re not going to change that,” he said.
In the interim, Assistant County Administrator Brandon Huddleson will step in when current administrator Howard Poston officially retires Feb. 28.
“We did pass a resolution (Thursday) that March 1 Brandon will be able to keep the paper flow moving within the county,” Koogler said. “He has the ability to sign the same type of paper work that Howard is signing.”
Brown, who lives in Clyde, said he will keep his name on the ballot to run for Sandusky County Auditor in the May primary.