Minerva Village Council hires Philip Turske as village administrator.

MINERVA Philip Turske, who had been employed with city government in Lorain, recently started a new job as village administrator.

Village Council voted to hire Turske, who succeeds longtime Administrator David Harp. Harp recently retired after spending about 30 years on the job.

Turske had been a contract and grant administrator for Lorain. He holds a master's degree from Pepperdine University in California and a bachelor's degree from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. The Holmes County native is a graduate of West Holmes High School. His annual salary is set at $70,000.

"We had a firm do a head hunting, so to say," Village Councilman Elliott Hannen said. "They had a pool of administrators or people trying to get into the field. They narrowed it down to five people they thought were best for the job. He had some views that we would like to infuse in our community. Government funding is a huge asset. That is what he was doing for Lorain."

A village of about 3,700, Minerva operates under a charter form of government. The mayor is also part of the five-member Village Council. The administrator is the top-ranking municipal employee.

Before setting priorities for Minerva, "I would have to get a sense of their needs first," said Turske, 31. "This community is amazing."

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