By MAX FILBY
Dean Wittwer, outgoing superintendent of Findlay City Schools, will continue his career in Allen County.
The Allen County Educational Service Center board unanimously voted Tuesday to hire Wittwer as its next superintendent.
Wittwer, who is retiring for a second time from his job as Findlay’s school chief, will start in Allen County on Aug. 1. He was hired under a two-year contract with an annual salary of $95,000, according to the service center.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me to look at my career a little differently,” Wittwer said. “This is kind of the next step before we go to the next level.”
In his new job, Wittwer said he will oversee Allen County’s school superintendents. He said he looks forward to getting the chance to mentor some of them.
“Findlay City Schools is a big district and takes a big effort,” Wittwer said. “I’m hoping I can take with me some of the skills I’ve used here.”
Wittwer was asked to come talk to officials in Allen County about the job in late March, he said.
Wittwer, previously an art teacher, had his first teaching job in Allen County.
“To me, this kind of feels like everything is coming full circle,” he said.
Wittwer said he isn’t sure if this will be his final job in education.
“It’s possible, I don’t know,” he said. “This opportunity just kind of dropped in my lap and it fits.”
Wittwer spent the past nine years as Findlay’s superintendent, and 12 years before that as superintendent of Wapakoneta schools. Wittwer retired from Findlay schools a year ago, and then was rehired as superintendent for one more year while the district conducted a search for his successor.
In Findlay, Wittwer is being replaced by Edward Kurt, superintendent of Margaretta schools. Kurt will start his new job in August with a starting salary of $138,000.