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Ben Himes To Retire

It is with a deep sense of sincere appreciation and sadness that I announce Ben Himes’, our Chief Administrative Officers, retirement.  Ben will be retiring effective December 31, 2017. Ben has served our community with distinction for 40 years; in fact Ben has served our community with distinction for all of his adult life. Ben worked summers for the Village Utility Department beginning in 1977 while in high school and was hired full time in 1985. Ben earned a degree in civil engineering while working for the village and provided critical leadership in replacing and up grading our Village’s infrastructure. Ben was also the leader in implementing our 2005 Street Scape program that revitalized our downtown commercial district. For all who know him and have worked with him, and most especially me, it was a privilege to have worked with Ben and he will be missed. Ben has agreed to continue to serve as an independent consultant to the Village as we develop the plans for the Waste Water Treatment Plant up grade and the negotiations with Geauga County and other utility matters.

I am sure all of you will join me in thanking Ben for his service and wishing him a long and happy retirement.

We will be creating the position of Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the balance of this year and I will be appointing Rob Jameson, subject to council’s approval, to that position. This will allow four months for Rob to work and train with Ben. It is my intention, again subject to council’s approval, to appoint Rob to the Chief Administrator’s position in January of 2018.

Rob has worked for the Village since 2012 as Service Director. Rob holds a B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Works Administration also from Cleveland State University.

Prior to joining the Village Rob worked for the Cities of University Heights as Service Director and the City of Macedonia as assistant Service Director.  Rob is a Vice President of Northern Ohio Service Director’s Association and a Board member of American Public Works Association Northeast Ohio Chapter. Rob also serves the Village as part time firefight and Emergency Medical Technician.

Rob has proved to be an exceptionally dedicated employee during his tenure as Street Superintendent and both Ben and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to take on the role of administrator.  We should discuss the details of the transition plan in Administrative and Compensation Committee and ask that you set a meeting prior to the September 11 Council meeting.

Mayor Bill Tomko