The city administrator of Wells may have resigned for a personal matter, but he also has a job waiting for him back in Ohio.
According to The News Democrat newspaper in Georgetown, Ohio, the council voted June 28 to hire Jeremy Germann as the town's new administrator.
Kelly Jones, who is retiring as the city administrator on Aug. 1 after serving 11 years, says he was among those who interviewed Germann on June 25.
"He had a strong interview and had good answers. He's a very impressive young man," says Jones.
Georgetown is located 35 miles east of Cincinnati and has a population of nearly 4,500.
Germann will be paid $64,000 a year, plus benefits.
In all, 22 people applied for the position and the field was narrowed to seven finalists.
Germann reportedly signed a contract to be presented for approval at the July 5 Georgetown council meeting.
On July 9, Germann submitted his letter of resignation to the Wells City Council. He made no mention of employment in Ohio.
Mayor Ron Gaines says he was not aware Germann had applied or had accepted another job prior to resigning.
"I believe he told me he was going to apply after he resigned. It's good for him and wish him well," says Gaines.
Germann was in the last year of a three-year contract and was being paid an annual salary of $71,000, plus benefits.
The agreement called for Germann to give the city a 30-day advance notice.
"We didn't enforce it, because of his personal matter," Gaines says.
In The News Democrat story, a city official says Germann has been wanting an opportunity to move back home.
Germann is originally from Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County.
Due to four resignations, only two councilman unanimously voted to hire Germann.
One council member stepped down to run for county commissioner and the other three applied for the city administrator's position.
Two council members who did not get the job have been re-appointed to their seats.