KEY ACTION Hired Thomas McMillan Jr. of Columbiana County as the county’s facilities manager.
DISCUSSION McMillan, a retired U.S. Army sergeant major, was selected among 27 applicants for the job. He will be responsible for inspecting and identifying repairs for county-owned buildings, overseeing 11 building and grounds maintenance employees and managing the county garage. He will earn $60,000 a year after serving a 120-day probation period. His is expected to start Feb. 1.
Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton said McMillan has three characteristics that are desirable for a facilities manager: He’s organized, mission driven and disciplined. “He’s exactly what we need to get our house in order as far as buildings and grounds,” she said.
• Set a public hearing for 11 a.m. April 9 in the commissioners’ board room to consider a request by Walsh University to annex a property at 6261 Gressel Ave. NW in Plain Township to North Canton. Attorney Christopher Goldthorpe said after the meeting that the university acquired the 1.5-acre property in July and wants to have all of its properties in the community. He was not aware of any immediate plans for the property, which boasts a two-story home. Plain Township Trustee Scott Haws does not expect the township to challenge the annexation request.
• Approved an agreement to sell Kent State University the county’s old 911 equipment for $10,000. Tim Warstler, director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, said the university uses the same type of emergency dispatching system and can use the county’s old system for spare parts.
• Held a closed-door session to interview one of the five finalists for the Stark County administrator’s job. The finalists to replace retiring Administrator Michael Hanke are: Mark Cozy, city manager of Canal Fulton, Geauga County Administrator David Lair, Brant Luther, executive director and legal counsel for Stark County Family Court’s court-appointed guardians, Vincent Marion Jr., director of planning and development for Alliance, and Canton Township trustee Christopher Nichols. Commissioners will interview the other four candidates Thursday.
UP NEXT Meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in a closed-door special session to interview four Stark County administrator candidates on the second floor of the Stark County Office Building at 110 Central Plaza S. in Canton.