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Alumni in Action: New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley ’04
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Charlotte Colley ’04 earned her Muskingum bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Conservation Science.  “My classes and hands-on work in these disciplines gave me broad-based experience in both worlds, which I draw on daily. I had great learning opportunities with internships and faculty-student research projects in both areas.”

Since 2014, Ms. Colley has served as the Village Administrator for New Concord. “I develop and manage the Village budget and oversee our Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, the Operations Department, the Administration and manage day-to-day operations for the Village."

"I work closely with our Mayor, Village Council members, and Department Heads to help facilitate coordination between them. I also coordinate with the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District (NCAARD), Celebrate New Concord (CNC), the New Concord Area Board of Trade and other community organizations.”

“It is especially rewarding to see everything come together in delivering important services to our residents and also to work in partnership with Muskingum University – I loved my time on campus as a student and now I can help both the Village and the University move forward.” 

“With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we immediately developed protocols to help keep our Village employees and residents safe, while still providing our 24-7 essential services. We have done whatever we can to help our small businesses and also to find new ways to carry out some traditions that are important to our small-town culture and sense of community. The Village worked with NCAARD to implement the drive-by Easter Egg Hunt featuring window displays in homes and business, which was a big hit, and made a few changes to the annual Spring-cleaning event 'Let’s Pick it Up New Concord' which opened up opportunities for many more community members to take part.”

“As we gradually began to re-open in Ohio, we were able to begin work on renovations at the New Concord Area pool and its surrounding area, thanks to a Nature Works grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. We are improving handicap accessibility, adding another pavilion and a sand volleyball court.”

Since 2017, Ms. Colley has also served as a Lecturer in Public Administration at Muskingum, and holds a master’s degree from Miami University (Ohio). She and her husband Andrew reside in Chandlersville, Ohio with their children Ethan, Jeremiah, and Vivian.

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