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Bath trustees select Sinopoli as administrator

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Vito Sinopoli
Photo courtesy of Vito Sinopoli
BATH — Bath police officer Vito Sinopoli will be the township’s next administrator, the Bath trustees announced Oct. 23.

During a special meeting Oct. 22, the trustees selected Sinopoli, 52, out of a total pool of 33 candidates. He was one of three finalists for the job, along with Interim Township Administrator William Snow and current Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike.

Trustee Becky Corbett said she and fellow trustees Elaina Goodrich and James Nelson evaluated the candidates thoroughly.

“We had three really capable people who could have done the job,” she said. “We evaluated each person very carefully with a lot of testing and objective evaluations, and it came to the point where we asked for a vote and [Sinopoli] was the person nominated and we felt we could support that decision.”

Sinopoli said the process to get the job was a challenge.

“I’m very pleased with the end result, and I hope to do the very best for the township,” he said.

Sinopoli added he was “very appreciative to have the opportunity to go through the process with two phenomenal people,” Snow and Troike.

“The township would have been well-served however this ended up,” he said.

Sinopoli has been a police officer in Bath for 27 years. He earned his law degree in 1992 from The University of Akron and has maintained a private practice that focuses on small business representation, he said.

He added he was born in Akron and moved to Bath at the age of 7. He graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School and today lives in West Akron near the township border with his wife, Debbie, and two sons. His mother still lives in Bath, he said.

Sinopoli said he was initially interested in the administrator job more than a decade ago when the trustees first decided to create the position, though he did not apply for it at that time.

“I think I’ve grown a lot in the past 12 or 13 years, and I bring so much more to the table today with my experience,” he said. “I have had the chance to work with so many wonderful residents and business owners in Bath Township.”

Corbett said the details of when Sinopoli will begin taking on the duties of the position have not been determined yet, but the plan is for him to work along with Snow to create a smooth transition. The compensation also has not been determined yet, according to Bath officials.

Trustees launched their search for an administrator when Snow announced his retirement earlier this year. Snow has said he decided to retire earlier than expected because of changes to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). He has more than 31 years of employment in the public sector, he has said.

Snow officially retired Aug. 31 and was appointed interim administrator for a seven-month period while trustees worked their way through the field of applicants. The field was narrowed to six candidates in late August.

Those six candidates completed a written assignment and a computer skills test, as well as personal interviews. Trustees had earlier said Sinopoli scored highest of all candidates on the written assignment and computer skills test.

Sinopoli is a current member of the Leadership Akron class and last year was honored with the Lt. John “Ed” Duvall, Jr. Detective of the Year Award from Summit County Children Services for his work on a case of sexual assault on a child.

Snow was not available for comment at presstime.

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