Washington Twp. leader who just left for Sinclair, switches to Butler County job

Lightle, who led Montgomery County’s largest township for 15 years, takes same role in Liberty Twp.; Tolle fills her Sinclair spot

Longtime Washington Twp. administrator Jesse Lightle, who left that post in January for an executive role at Sinclair Community College, has quickly pivoted to a new position in Butler County.

Lightle will start next week as administrator of Butler County’s Liberty Twp., a position for which she applied after starting her new role at Sinclair, Lightle said.

“I decided that I wanted to go back to local government, and the Liberty Twp. administrator job was open,” she said.

Lightle was deputy administrator for Washington Twp. from 2006 to 2008 and then administrator from 2008 until Jan. 15, started the next day with Sinclair Community College in Dayton as its senior vice president and chief of staff.

Lightle’s position at Sinclair is now being filled by Melissa Tolle, a longtime employee of the college, said Cathy Petersen, spokeswoman for the college.

For the last 18 years, Tolle has served in several key positions at Sinclair Community College including: admissions officer, assistant to the vice president of enrollment management, senior director of enrollment management, and director of College Credit Plus, Petersen said. Most recently, she served as the chief school partnerships officer, where she oversaw Sinclair’s early college credit programs, which include College Credit Plus, Tech Prep, and Transition Advisors, Petersen said.

“In each of these roles, Dr. Tolle has been actively focused on increasing the postsecondary attainment levels for students in the region and collaborating with administration, staff/faculty, and community partners,” she said.

Petersen said Sinclair wishes Lightle great success in her new leadership position.

Lightle will replace Kristen Bitonte, who was Liberty Twp. administrator for nearly 11 years before departing the role Jan. 31.

Lightle’s first day at the new job will be March 8, pending approval by township trustees of an employment agreement, which is still being finalized.

According to Liberty Twp. officials, “she was applauded by her former board (trustees) for her foresight, leadership, energy, passion and dedication.”

Lightle earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wright State University. Prior to Washington Twp., Lightle was assistant city manager for the city of Clayton and assistant to the city manager in Centerville.