Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Deerfield Twp. official takes job in Columbus

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Executive administrator and economic development director Dan Theno, who recently was passed over for the township's top non-elected post, has resigned.

        Mr. Theno, 54, resigned his $60,000-a-year position last weekafter exactly two years with the township. He has since taken a new position in Columbus.

        Trustees President Larry Backus said Mr. Theno, one of eight finalists for the administrator's position filled in June, was unhappy about not being picked for the spot. Greg Horwedel left Sarasota, Fla., city government for the job, which pays $65,000 annually.

        “Dan resigned because he was not named administrator,” Mr. Backus said. “He would not admit to that — and I don't necessarily think that's a negative.”

        Mr. Theno, in his resignation letter, said he is proud of his accomplishments, including expanded economic opportunities, re-organization of township government and providing more opportunities for citizens to get involved with the township.

        Mr. Theno, a former state senator in Wisconsin, said he leaves “knowing I have made positive and lasting contributions to the community.”

        Repeated calls to his home Tuesday got only a busy signal.

        He also left behind a tension-filled workplace.

        A July 9 verbal altercation between Mr. Theno and township spokeswoman Fran Klatte ensued after Mrs. Klatte sent a press release to the media without his approval. The trustees said Mrs. Klatte did not follow proper procedures, but issued Mr. Theno a written reprimand.

        On May 16, Mr. Theno also received a written reprimand regarding a similar incident that occurred between him and township clerk Kristin Spiekerman.

        Though Mr. Theno and the employees worked through their problems, Mr. Backus said, “it was becoming a problem.”

        Still, he said Mr. Theno worked hard for the township.


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