County Administrator, Franklin County, Ohio
Kenneth N. Wilson was appointed as Franklin County's County Administrator in January 2015. As County Administrator, the highest unelected post in county government, Mr. Wilson leads 14 county agencies with more than 1,400 employees and oversees the county’s annual $1.99 billion budgeting process for 35 agencies to ensure Franklin County remains one of the finest, best-governed counties in the nation. Mr. Wilson was hired in 2005 as director of the county’s Office of Management and Budget. In 2010, Mr. Wilson was elevated to the role of deputy county administrator for resource management, overseeing several agencies including Job and Family Services, Franklin County’s largest social service agency.
Prior to joining the county team, Mr. Wilson was director of policy for the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Ohio University and a bachelors degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he majored in public affairs, metropolitan studies and business. He served as Chairperson of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and president of the County Administrators Association of Ohio. Currently, he serves as president-elect of the National Association of County Administrators, vice chair of National Association of Counties (NACo) Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, vice chair of National Association of Counties Health Steering Policy Committee, NACo Programs and Services Standing Committee, vice chair of Ohio City/County Management Association, Membership Services and is a member of NACo's Large Urban County Caucus and International Economic Development Task Force; the Ohio University Leadership and Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of United Way of Central Ohio, Economic Mobility Coalition, Confluence Community Authority NCA, Hickory Chase Community Authority, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Future Ready Columbus, Experience Columbus and is the designee for the Franklin County Investment Advisory Board and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency.