YOUNGSTOWN — The city of Youngstown stayed in-dwelling with the employing of its deputy finance director, picking Richard Harvey, who has expended the past 22 decades functioning for its group development agency.
“He arrives with a broad total of awareness and experience and has a terrific comprehending of how we work right here,” Finance Director Kyle Miasek claimed.
Also crucial, Miasek said, is Harvey has applied the identical fiscal ledger process at the neighborhood improvement company that the finance division makes use of, and is incredibly familiar with town functions.
Harvey was amid seven candidates the city’s civil assistance commission deemed capable based on his operate knowledge and education and learning.
Harvey was ranked initial by the fee with Thaddeus “Ted” Szmaj, the h2o department’s controller and business office supervisor, finishing next.
Harvey and Szmaj ended up the only candidates interviewed for the career, Miasek reported, and Szmaj decided to eliminate himself from the process simply because “it would build an practical experience gap in the water office.”
Miasek included: “We felt based on interior candidates we did not have to have to go out further more and meet up with with the other candidates.”
Harvey started doing the job for the city’s CDA in November 2000 as a economic assistant. Soon after earning a bachelor’s diploma in business administration from Youngstown State College, he was promoted to CDA’s fiscal officer, a task that was previously identified as comptroller.
“The new career is a broader reach for me,” Harvey mentioned. “The CDA is in its very own pond, and now I’ll be functioning with all of the other departments. I’ll get to spread my wings and be extra associated. The tasks are broad, but the focus will be on central getting when it’s put with each other.”
Harvey said he’ll also find out what Miasek does mainly because “you usually will need a person to be in a position to step in in scenario of an unexpected emergency or if some thing else happens.”
Harvey’s once-a-year wage greater from $55,034 as CDA fiscal officer to $88,534 as deputy finance director.
The work formally has been vacant because March 2021. But the situation could effortlessly be regarded unfilled due to the fact January 2018 when Miasek was promoted to interim finance director from deputy director. Miasek served on an interim basis for more than three several years without a deputy.
In addition to managing central obtaining, the job description called for the deputy finance director to aid with making ready and monitoring the town price range, to examine and evaluate economical reviews, to keep an eye on and support with grants, to generate and keep special projects and to provide as a liaison among the city and the Regional Money Tax Agency, which collects the city’s 2.75 p.c earnings tax.
Harvey “is likely to master metropolis budgeting, labor negotiations and support me with my responsibilities,” Miasek stated. “He’s heading to be a large team player.”
The city essential qualified candidates for the task to have at minimum a bachelor’s diploma in accounting, financing or connected area and 5 decades of get the job done knowledge in community finance, accounting or connected industry, if possible with authorities accounting and budgeting knowledge. Licensed public accountants or individuals with a master’s diploma in finance, accounting or linked field had been “desired,” according to the work description.
Among the the five other candidates who used for the work were being two former Canfield officials who resigned rather than confront self-discipline for violating that city’s code of carry out.
They were the only two applicants with master’s levels. None of the applicants were being CPAs.
Wade Calhoun, the previous Canfield city manager, resigned his job that paid out about $119,000 on a yearly basis on Aug. 27, but was on paid out administrative leave till Oct. 31.
Kristen Ansevin, Canfield’s ex-assistant deputy director of finance, resigned her posture Sept. 7. The work paid $74,200 each year.
Canfield officials have refused to examine details connected to the two resignations except to say they had been administrative and not prison.