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Taylor Mill Loses Third Key Employee this Year as City Clerk Moves On

This story has been updated to include a comment from City Commissioner Sarah Frietch.

The City of Taylor Mill is losing another employee.

City Clerk Gena Forsyth submitted her resignation this week. She has been with the city for four years.

Her departure follows the loss of longtime City Administrator Jill Bailey in May and City Treasurer Angie Wright in July.

The city commission hired a new city administrator, Brian Haney, last week.

Forsyth said that she accepted a position as director of program development and marketing at Positive Solutions Behavor Group.

"The decision to resign did not come easy," Forsyth wrote in her resignation letter. "I received an offer to serve as the Director of Program Development and Marketing for Positive Solutions Behavior Group, an Applied Behavioral Analysis Company that serves the needs of families and individuals with autism and other developmental needs of all ages. As many of you know, the autism community holds a special place in my heart, and the opportunity to make a difference in this capacity is something I look forward to.

"It has been a pleasure to work for the residents of this great city. Mayor Bell, I especially enjoyed working so closely with you since May, while you acted as interim CAO. You have been a fantastic mentor."

Forsyth said that she would help the city with a transition to a new employee. Her last day will be September 28.

Haney said that he was surprised because Forsyth has been helpful in welcoming him to the city building.

"It leaves a huge hole here at the city," he said. "She has been the glue here for several months, she has really had to shine the last several months. But as a team, we are going to work together to keep things going business as usual. I will be entering into the process of interviewing potential new treasurer candidates, and then I will interview candidates for city clerk. I appreciate the commissioners giving me the opportunity to introduce my own methods for attracting great people to match the position.

"Everyone has shown enough confidence in me that I can do my job, what I was hired to do."

Haney noted that he will lead the interview process instead of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District which guided the divided city commission through the process that led to his hiring.

A meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss new treasurer candidates was canceled.

Commissioners reacted positively to Forsyth's role in the city.

"I am sorry to see Gena go, but I know that her new position is her passion," Commissioner Phil Peace said. "She will be sorely missed in Taylor Mill, but this position is more than a job for her, it's a calling. Those families will be very lucky to have her be working on their behalf. I appreciate that she waited until we had the CAO in place before she announced her resignation. That's a testament to her character, and they don't come any better!"

"Gena has been absolutely great for the city, and the events that she helped to bring to the city, like the Gold Star and Veterans Wall touch people and they remember them," said Commissioner Sarah Frietch. "She will absolutely be missed. I wish her all the best. I understand the new position is one that is near and dear to her heart, so I fully understand her choice. She has been awesome for the city."

"Gena has been a fantastic asset to the city," Commissioner Dan Murray said. "I really, really hate to see her leave, but I realize that this is something near and dear to her heart. I am glad she is doing something she is passionate about, and happy that she will be able to push the agenda for all children and families who are touched by autism."

"I am sad to see Gena leave the city," said Commissioner Mark Kreimborg. "She has been a great employee and we will miss her tremendously.  She leaves the city with a wealth of knowledge, and is very well respected by our Taylored with Time seniors group with whom she has worked closely. The departure of Gena makes the third very valuable employee we have lost in the administration department since May. We have such a great city, and I am sorry to see all three of them leave."

Mayor Dan Bell also feels the loss deeply.

"Gena has been an outstanding person and employee for the city of Taylor Mill and its residents," Bell said. "She has even volunteered to come back and help because this is tax season and we have to get the tax bills out. You can't ask for much more than that. That being said, in my fourteen years as commissioner and mayor, we have never had the turnover that we have had this year. We need to work together more than ever and hope we can reduce the controversy that surrounds us."

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer