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Bath trustees OK administrator’s contract

1/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Two township administrators will temporarily serve Bath Township as the job passes from one to another in the new year.

During their final meeting of the year Dec. 27, Bath Trustees unanimously approved an employment contract for newly hired administrator Vito Sinopoli, effective Jan. 1. The contract runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

Trustees said Sinopoli would work with interim administrator William Snow through the end of his contract, which is March 31. Longtime administrator Snow retired in 2012 but was rehired on an interim basis until the trustees made a permanent hire, for which he also applied.

Trustees also approved a contract accepting Sinopoli’s resignation from the Bath Police Department. Sinopoli, of West Akron, had been with the department for 27 years.

In addition to his work as a police officer, Sinopoli earned his law degree in 1992 from The University of Akron and has maintained a private practice that focuses on small business representation.

Township officials said Sinopoli would serve as deputy administrator through March 31 with an annual salary of $75,720. As of April 1, when he would be the sole administrator, his annual salary would be $82,220.

For 2014, the contract states Sinopoli’s salary would increase to $90,220. For the last two years of the contract, trustees could grant him an increase in base salary varying from 1 percent to 5 percent or “such other percentage as the board of trustees shall deem appropriate, based on merit as determined by a performance review and at the discretion of the board of trustees,” according to the contract. He will also receive longevity and education incentives, though those were not disclosed in the contract.

The contract also states Sinopoli will receive four weeks of paid vacation per year.

In addition, Sinopoli’s first year will be a probationary period, in which he could be terminated without cause. If that were to occur, the contract states he would be returned to a part-time position with Bath Police.

Trustee James Nelson said Sinopoli and Snow have worked together closely since trustees selected the new township administrator in late October.

“I can’t say enough about how Mr. Snow has worked to bring him up-to-date,” Nelson said. “It’s amazing the kinds of information the public doesn’t realize a person has to deal with in that position, from labor laws to paving.”

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, whose annual salary is $84,490, according to township officials, 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.

Also during the meeting, trustees accepted the resignation for retirement due to disability from road and service department employee James Miller. Nelson noted that it’s the seventh retirement the township had in 2012.

“He’s going to be missed,” Nelson said. “His knowledge and work ethic were so valued.”

Trustees also approved a contract to continue health insurance coverage through SummaCare for 2013. Nelson said the township’s employees chose a plan that has just slight differences from the previous plan.

Also at the meeting, trustees made a motion to extend their thanks to the township’s employees for their service in the past year.

“We really have outstanding employees,” Nelson said.

Trustees also elected officers for 2013, with Elaina Goodrich to serve as president and Nelson as vice president.

Bath Trustees will next meet Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Meeting Room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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