Norwalk safety-service director Mark Schloemer spoke with the Reflector in detail about his decision to resign his city position, effective June 19.
The story was published on the front page of Tuesday's issue.
"I'm really sad to go," he said. "I will genuinely miss working with the people in the city. There are lots of good people working for the city who care about the people they work for and do a fantastic job."
Schloemer has accepted a position with the Westfield Group, an insurance company located in Westfield Center, near Lodi.
"I will be the government affairs regional manager," he said. "The position will require a lot of traveling."
He will be a liaison between Westfield and government legislators and regulators.
Schloemer said he wasn't forced out of his position at city hall and there is no "conspiracy" surrounding his leaving.
"This position at Westfield is a position that rarely comes open," he said. "Westfield is a well-respected organization and I thought, 'this is a once-in-a-career opportunity,' so I just sent my resume in.'"
Schloemer said he was then interviewed and was fortunate enough to be hired.
"I was tipped off to the job through networks," he said.
Schloemer's Westfield territory will cover the Western region.
"That's from Colorado to Minnesota and most of the states in between," he said.
"It's a great opportunity and will provide diverse experiences and knowledge," Schloemer said. "It will be a learning experience, with a thorough orientation."
He will continue to live in Norwalk.
"Absolutely," he said. "I bought a house here and hope to continue to be an involved community member. I really enjoy living in Huron County."
The new job was simply too good to refuse, he said.
"I think it's a smart, professional career move," Schloemer said.
Schloemer is a 2004 Willard High School graduate and earned a political science degree from Ohio Northern University.
He earned $67,000 per year as safety-service director.
Schloemer might participate in the search for a new safety-service.
"If he (Mayor Rob Duncan) would like me to be, I will be," he said. "I've got an outline of projects we're working on. Right now, it's about a four-page document."