Oliver Turner, the city manager of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been named by trustees as the next administrator of Sylvania Township.
Mr. Turner’s first day on the job will likely be May 28, with John Zeitler the current administrator staying on “for a couple of weeks,” to aid in the transition.
Mr. Turner, 36, who spent most of his childhood and high school years in Celina, O. and was a resident of Sylvania and Toledo while a student at the University of Toledo noted in his application that he feels a personal investment in the area. He added that he has close friends and family nearby.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2010, both from UT.
While in the area, Mr. Turner was a municipal management intern with the city of Perrysburg.
In 2011 he became the village manager and zoning administrator for the village of Almont, Mich. While there he detected and launched an investigation into what was revealed to be a scheme by a prior clerk/treasurer who had stolen more $145,000 from 2004 until the year Mr. Turner became village manager.
He became city manager of Sault Ste. Marie in 2014.
Mr. Turner has been active in civic organizations including as a former board member of Michigan Municipal Executives. He is currently the chair of that group’s ethics committee.
He and his wife and two daughters will be moving here from Sault Ste. Marie.
Mr. Zeitler submitted his resignation to the trustees in September in order for there to be sufficient time for a thorough search for a replacement and for a smooth transition.
There were about 100 applicants for the post, with about 10 candidates interviewed.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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