Mayor Tilton Hires a New Public Service Director

by Miriah Turner on March 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

The ongoing search for the Zanesville Public Service Director has come to an end.

Since Mayor Jeff Tilton took office in January 2012, Zanesville has seen the demotion of Mike Sims as well as the hiring and firing of James Sawyer, all in the effort to find the most suitable Public Service Director. Today Mayor Tilton announced that Zanesville native, Jay Bennett, is returning to town to take on the position of Public Service and Community Development Director.

"I grew up with Jay. I’ve known him and the family ever since I was a little kid," said City Mayor Jeff Tilton. "I knew Jay when he was here before and I did some projects with him at that time. That was before I was even on council. We worked on some projects together and I just like his ethics. He’s a real people person, he’s very active in the community. He was before, I know that he will be again. He gets along with people. He knows the job and what he’s getting into. He will be a great fit "

Bennett Held the Position of Service Director from April 1996 to June 2001. since Then, He Has Been An Administrator in Oakridge, Oregon, a Public Works Director in Pacific, Washington, as Well as a Community Services Manager in Federal Way, Washington.
Bennett held the position of Service Director from April 1996 to June 2001. Since then, he has been an Administrator in Oakridge, Oregon, a Public Works Director in Pacific, Washington, as Well as a Community Services Manager in Federal Way, Washington. Tilton believes that his strong abilities to lead will help the town reach long awaited goals

"We want to get where we have a plan in place," said Mayor Tilton. "We want a five year plan. And that’s something that hasn’t happened here in the last few years. So that’s something we’re working on right now. And as soon as he gets on board and settled then we will begin that process."

Bennett has a positive record of overseeing programs and projects from conception to completion as well as a strong and gifted ability to lead and reach goals. Acting Public Service Director Chip Saunders will return to his position as City Engineer. Bennett is expected to take office April 28th.