JEFFERSON — The director of the Ashtabula County Department of Environmental Services has decided to step down to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.
Nick Sanford submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday to the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners and he publicly sent an email to the press Friday about his decision.
Sanford, reached by phone, said he is excited for a new opportunity and that he has accepted an engineering position with a private company. He said he will miss working on various public projects, and working with a staff of talented people who all do a great job.
Sanford, who came on board as director in March 2015, gave a 30-day notice in order to ensure a smooth transition.
“It’s a bittersweet time,” Sanford said. “I have really enjoyed working for the people and businesses of this county.”
The Ashtabula County Department of Environmental Services operates and maintains a public water distribution system to around 5,600 customers across townships in western and southern Ashtabula County. It also engages in wastewater collection and treatment across multiple townships of the county.
Over the past five years, Sanford cited the Meadowood Allotment Sewer Extension Project, the Geneva-On-The-Lake Water Line Replacement Project and partnerships on projects with the Ashtabula County Port Authority as his biggest successes.
Casey Kozlowski, president of the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners, said Sanford has done a phenomenal job as director of Environmental Services.
“We are sorry to see him go,” Kozlowski said. “We certainly understand his decision to move on to the private sector, but I think he made significant strides in the department over the last several years. We are very appreciative of the work he’s done.”
Kozlowski said on Thursday commissioners will move forward with posting a job next week with the goal to hire a replacement as soon as possible.
There is not a specific candidate in mind, Kozlowski said.