County hires UD to help find new administrator

Former County Administrator Deborah Feldman resigned in June to become the chief executive officer of the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Feldman worked for Montgomery County for 30 years, including 15 as county administrator.

County records show Feldman left the county’s employment with a total payout of just over $66,000, including $64,938 of unused sick leave and $1,069 worth of vacation time.

“She has hard shoes to fill,” County Commission President Judy Dodge said. “The three commissioners are taking this search very seriously to make sure we select the right person for the community and to move the county forward.”

The commission has agreed to pay UD up to $14,500 to help them identify Feldman’s successor. Former Montgomery County Administrator Don Vermillion, who now teaches at the University of Dayton and directs public projects for the university’s Fitz Center, will be the project manager.

“He has the background and he understands Montgomery County,” Dodge said. “He’s local. He won’t have to fly in to meet with us.”

Vermillion served as Montgomery County’s deputy administrator from 1979-1988, then as county administrator from 1988-1997. He stepped down to consult and teach. Feldman replaced him.

Dodge said the tentative timeline for the search sets interviews in December, with a final candidate selected in the first quarter of 2013.

Before that happens, the county commission plans to meet with Vermillion to establish the qualifications they seek in a top administrator. They’ve also requested Vermillion meet with community leaders and other elected officials.

Deputy County Administrator Joe Tuss has been appointed interim administrator at a salary of $180,000.

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