During a special Village Council meeting on Feb. 13, Mayor Kachen Kimmell appointed Ralph “RC” Wise as Gambier’s new Village Administrator. The Village Council approved the appointment in a unanimous 6-0 vote.
Wise brings with him 19 years of experience as a municipal administrator.
“Administrator Wise’s experience in public safety, human resources, finance, budgeting, grant writing, and environmentally conscious projects will benefit Gambier’s residents and visitors for years to come,” read a press release from Mayor Kimmel.
The Village Council received 32 applications for the position by the Nov. 16 deadline. By Christmas, the applicant pool narrowed to five finalists, including Wise. He will begin work on March 18.
Wise’s responsibilities will include communicating with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and handling day-to-day Village operations. He succeeds Interim Village Administrator Dave Martin, who served for six months — double his estimated three-month tenure. Martin retired from his administrative position in Sunbury, Ohio in 2014 after seven years on the job. Mayor Kimmell hired him in August after Gambier’s previous village administrator, Suzanne Hopkins, resigned amid an investigation by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Hopkins spent 27 years working for the Village.