DELPHOS — Joel Hatfield will step into the head seat at Delphos City Schools for the next five months following the resignation of Superintendent Kevin Wolfe.

The school board officially accepted Wolfe’s resignation and tapped Hatfield to take his place until a permanent replacement is found Tuesday evening during a special session.

Wolfe was hired by the city schools in July 2013 and took over the position in August of that year. He has accepted the position of junior high/high school principal at Edgerton Local Schools.

“My five years here in Delphos were great and I’ve worked with a great group of teachers, administrators and board members,” Wolfe’s resignation letter read. “I am excited to take this new position and work more closely with students and get back to helping them succeed on a daily basis.”

Hatfield has spent 37 years in education. He was superintendent at Spencerville Local Schools for 15 1/2 years, interim superintendent at Elida Local Schools several years ago and most recently, interim superintendent at the Allen County Education Service Center.

“My role will be to continue with the duties of the superintendent and make sure we get the school year off to a good start,” Hatfield said. “There are a lot of things to work on and I’m going to work at it. I’m a new fresh set of eyes for the district.”

He has enjoyed the challenge of his recent short-term appointments.

“I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t a challenge. I’m looking forward to the chance to work with good people,” he said. “I’ve always worked with good people and it’s easy to come to work every day if you’re surrounded by that.

“I’m also excited to have a role in picking the next superintendent for Delphos City Schools. I’d love to be part of that and be of some assistance.”

School Board President Andy North said he and the board were happy to have Hatfield and his experience for the next five months.

Hatfield will be paid $400 per Diem and his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2018.