Miami Twp. Finance Director Joe Fowler retired and the Montgomery County prosecutor assigned to advise the trustees moved to a new job on Tuesday, the latest in a series of changes in the township government.
The changes left six experienced administrators to carry out changes directed by the township’s trustees. Left in the township administration are: an interim administrator, police chief, two-person planning and zoning department and public works and human resources directors.
“Continue to be patient. We’ll get everything worked out,” HR Director Lisa deGuzman said.
Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Doug Trout had been the township’s legal advisor. He ended his work for the township on Tuesday. He is moving to a job as director of real estate with the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, officials said.
“Doug delayed starting that position in order to complete several matters assigned to him, including several matters concerning Miami Township,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Matthias Heck Jr. said in a statement.
Also Tuesday, Police Chief John “Chris” Krug said he would remain after the trustees agreed to spend more than $10,000 during the next two years to secure national accreditation for the village’s police department.
“Were going forward as a police department,” said Krug, recently returned after leave following knee surgery.
The move ends talk of contracting with the county sheriff or creating a joint district, like one formed with Miamisburg for fire protection and ambulance services, after voters rejected a tax levy.
Tuesday’s changes in administrators come on the heels of several others earlier this year.
Already, trustees have terminated Deputy Chief John DiPietro and Administrator Greg Hanahan and laid off two road workers and the payroll clerk. Three of four other clerks who worked in the government center have left or are leaving. A contractor is expected to issue payroll checks on April 5.
After missing six of the last nine meetings, Trustee Charlie Lewis was in attendance. But Lewis warned he might miss future sessions while hauling freight across the country with his wife, the former fiscal officer.
By late June, Assistant Administrator Greg Rogers is expected to return from medical leave started earlier this month.
The administrative changes have come since Nolan and Preston developed a long-range plan at a retreat and Preston took over as president of the board of trustees in January.
In other business, the Miami Twp. trustees supported leasing the township’s former public works center to neighboring Miamisburg’s parks and recreation department. The city is to pick up utility, maintenance and liability costs.
“That will be their rent, so to speak,” Interim Administrator Tracy Williams said. “We have no further use for it at this time.”
Last year the township opened a new public works center-fire station on Wood Road, near the new Austin Boulevard interchange.
Also the trustees agreed to contract with Waste Management, and reject a competing bid from Rumpke, for trash pick-up.
Trustee Deborah Preston said the new trash contract would save money and add services for residents and businesses.