WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday canceled the settlement that positioned the county engineer in command of the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Division.
Engineer Randy Smith was elected to the place of engineer and oversees the county’s freeway division in that function. In 2015, commissioners entered into an settlement with Smith additionally to supervise the sanitary engineer’s division. He was being paid $24,000 per yr for the extra tasks.
Commissioners voted to finish the contract, efficient Wednesday, following stories final month from different senior workers within the division asking commissioners for a change in management.
Commissioners Mauro Cantalamessa and Frank Fuda voted to take away Smith.
When it was time for outgoing Commissioner Dan Polivka to solid his vote, he mentioned “move.” He later defined the vote must be counted as an abstention.
Whereas voting “abstain” usually is made by an individual due to a battle stopping them from casting a “sure” or “no” vote, Polivka mentioned after the assembly he desires to attend to decide till a full, outdoors investigation is accomplished.
When issues had been raised by the workers within the engineer’s workplace, commissioners appeared into hiring a advisor to research and make suggestions, however discovered it will price about $19,000. As an alternative, Richard Jackson, head of the county’s human assets division, carried out interviews.
Polivka mentioned he’s frightened Smith will sue the county, and he doesn’t consider Jackson’s investigation is sufficient “due diligence.”
Fuda mentioned as a substitute of spending a “giant sum of money,” Jackson was requested to research.
Cantalamessa mentioned prosecutors advised commissioners that deciding whether or not or to not hold Smith within the job was an “administrative determination” they had been capable of make on their very own.
Jackson mentioned he interviewed a number of individuals on the sanitary engineer’s workplace and “below the circumstances,” taking Smith out of the function “is the proper factor to do” for the division. Jackson mentioned his investigation produced no report or different paperwork.
“In mild of the advice from our HR director to terminate the settlement, and in personally chatting with a number of administration and non-management workers members at sanitary, I felt it was the perfect for the board and the division to maneuver in a special path,” Cantalamessa mentioned after the assembly.
Polivka mentioned he additionally took subject with the agenda merchandise being added with out his data. The workshop often held the day earlier than the assembly was canceled and seeing the addition caught Polivka abruptly.
Deputy sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough, one of many workers who complained about Smith’s efficiency, will lead the division with no pay improve. There aren’t any plans to rent anybody else to handle the division, Jackson mentioned.
Newbrough’s complaints included allegations Smith spent little time within the division.
“He doesn’t (handle) any of the day-to-day work required of this workplace. He makes lower than 10 appearances on the workplace per yr,” a letter Newbrough wrote states. Newbrough claimed Smith’s political aims typically acquired in the best way of the division’s enterprise.
“On behalf of the administration workforce, we absolutely assist the motion that you simply took at this time. As , on this division we’ve got a protracted historical past of working with the commissioners to finish essential infrastructure tasks for the advantage of the county and Mahoning Valley as an entire. The commissioners have demonstrated nice management in selling tasks, such because the Blueprint Water undertaking, the sanitary sewer interceptor to the airport, the latest Belmont Park undertaking, the service to Shepherd of the Valley facility and over 40 different tasks over the previous 15 years, totaling $80 million. This resulted in water and sewer service for over 4,200 residences and companies, and we really feel this motion that you simply took at this time goes to assist propagate our efforts to proceed to increase the water- and sewer traces all through the county. We simply wish to thanks for this motion,” Newbrough mentioned.
Smith mentioned by not having a separate govt director within the division, the county saved about $500,000 per yr in wage and advantages. He mentioned he labored effectively with township officers throughout the county, and supplied the management to get downside tasks accomplished.
Smith mentioned the issues about his efficiency was associated to workers being upset concerning the excessive ranges of accountability and productiveness he anticipated of them.
Commissioners didn’t put the “due diligence” in earlier than making the choice, and Smith mentioned he’s “stunned and upset” of their alternative.
“I should overview my choices shifting ahead; I’ve each intention of doing so. This reeks of politics,” Smith mentioned. “Keep tuned for extra to return.”
When requested the way it will have an effect on his working relationship with the commissioners’ workplace, Smith mentioned he’ll proceed to the job “to the perfect of my means.”
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