Last updated: January 18. 2014 12:53AM - 2856 Views
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Mike Hensley owes Auglaize County citizens an explanation.

The now former county administrator resigned Tuesday without any notice or explanation. He simply handed Auglaize County commissioners a letter of resignation, which basically said, “I quit. Effective immediately,” and got out of Dodge. His office was already cleaned out; there was no looking back as he walked out the door around 9 a.m.

Such behavior is something you might expect from a 16-year-old pimple-faced teenager working at a grocery store, but not from a 55-year-old man working in a key job for the taxpayers of a county government. Simply put, it was irresponsible. Somewhere along the line, Hensley could have used an ethics class while earning his master's degree in public administration.

“When he gave us that letter, it was a surprise. He gave no reason for his resignation,” Commissioner John Bergman said.

Hensley was paid $60,000 a year. He was responsible for developing a county budget, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county buildings, and filling out and making sure grant applications are submitted on time on behalf of the county.

He held the job since Feb. 1, 2012, serving as assistant county administrator for a few months prior.

For now, Bergman and fellow commissioners Doug Spencer and Don Regula and county clerk Esther Leffel will assume the responsibilities of the position. Given Hensley 's behavior, it's probably a good thing he's gone.

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