July 1, 2016

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Councilman to fill service director post

BRUNSWICK — At-large Councilman Pat McNamara was named city service director Friday, replacing Sam Scaffide, who was fired from the post last month.

McNamara, who’s also the city’s vice mayor, will begin work June 13. He resigned from his Council seat Friday afternoon, according to a press release, after serving six years.

“It has been an honor to serve both the residents and the business community,” McNamara, 54, said in a statement. “The most rewarding aspect of being your councilman has been befriending all those who serve on the administrative staff, in every city department.”

City Manager Jim Lukas and McNamara did not return phone calls seeking comment Friday.

In a statement, Lukas said he selected McNamara because of his background in road and bridge maintenance.

McNamara “has an impressive background in public works and will be an asset to my management team,” he said.

Ward 3 Councilman Joe Delsanter said McNamara is retired from the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office and advanced his education after he retired.

“I think that makes him a qualified candidate for the position, as well as the fact that he’s a longtime resident knowledgeable about what’s needed and what can be done,” Delsanter said.

Lukas has said he fired Scaffide in May after reviewing the street department’s operations. He said he determined a change in leadership was warranted, and he wanted to take the department in a new direction.

McNamara “has the personality, background and determination to lead this department,” Lukas said in a statement. “City Council is aware of my decisions, and, while his input will be missed as an elected official, I am confident that he will make my management team stronger.”

McNamara will earn $68,000 per year, $23,000 less than Scaffide. In an effort to curb costs, McNamara will not be provided with a take-home vehicle as Scaffide was, according to a press release.

Council must appoint someone to McNamara’s at-large seat within 30 days. If an appointment is not made, Mayor Gary Werner will choose a new member within seven days.

Delsanter said Council also will select a vice mayor after McNamara’s seat is filled.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.