GAMBIER — Village Administrator Suzanne Hopkins has resigned and an interim administrator has already been hired.

Hopkins resigned after a special council meeting Monday, said Mayor Kachen Kimmell. David Martin, a retired village administrator from Sunbury, has been hired as an interim administrator. He was the administrator in Sunbury for seven years, retiring in 2014.

“We don’t know yet how long it will take to hire a permanent replacement,” Kimmell said.

Kimmell said that the village found out Aug. 2 that Hopkins was under investigation by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“It had to do with required reporting,” Kimmell said, adding that it has been very frustrating trying to find out what is going on.

“I realize it is an ongoing investigation and there is a limit to what they can say, but it’s still frustrating,” she said.

Kimmell said she, Village Solicitor Clint Bailey and council decided to undertake an investigation and hired CT Consultants out of Columbus to review the situation. She said CT Consultants has been reviewing records with Mathias Orndorf, the Mount Vernon Utilities director, since Gambier buys all its water from Mount Vernon.

A spokesperson for the Ohio EPA, when asked about the investigation, said such an investigation would be conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification in the attorney general’s office.

A BCI spokesperson told the News they could not confirm or deny an investigation was taking place.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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