Greene County commissioners will have to re-launch their search for a new county administrator after the candidate they selected, Warren P. Brown, declined the job on Thursday.
Brown, a Clyde resident, turned down the job a week after county commissioners announced he would replace the current county administrator, Howard Poston, who will retire at the end of the month.
Brown confirmed commissioners offered him a one-year contract with an annual salary of $115,000 that would have been effective as of April 1.
“The matter was a matter where my familial ties locally could not allow me to commit to a one-year contract,” Brown said. “I understand their position, and did not consider it a break down in negotiations at all.”
Brown is the current Sandusky County Administrator and earns an annual salary of $87,000, according to county documents. Before his current position, Brown was elected Sandusky County Clerk of Courts — a position he held for nine years.
County commissioners offered Brown a one-year contract to make sure he was the “right guy,” said Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler.
“There were some issues we could not agree upon, so we agreed to disagree,” said Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler.
While county commissioners continue their search for a new administrator, the new assistant county administrator, Brandon Huddleson, will help fill the void until the position is filled, Koogler said.
Huddleson, who has worked for the county for 14 years, is the county services director.
Commissioners passed a resolution on Thursday giving Huddleson the authority to sign documents on behalf of the commissioners.
“We will start the process all over again and see where it takes us,” Koogler said. “We will have to keep looking for the right person, the right match.”