Reminderville — Twinsburg City Council vice president Sam Scaffide has joined the village’s service department as the new service director effective Jan. 1.
He is serving with longtime service director John Arnold, who is transitioning to supervisor of the department, directly under Scaffide. Arnold has served the village for more than 25 years.
Village Council voted unanimously to approve Scaffide’s hiring Dec. 19.
As service director, Scaffide will be responsible for organizing garbage and recycling pickup services, building maintenance, road repair, snow removal and branch trimming. He is being paid $2,500 a month, or around $30,000 a year.
Scaffide is serving above Arnold, who will continue to supervise major service projects in the village. Mayor Sam Alonso said this is an effort aimed at strengthening the service department.
“The goal is to make Reminderville a better place to live and give the residents the services that they need, and I think this will help John perform his tasks and Sam will help us complete everything we need done,” Alonso said.
In his new position, Scaffide, whose background is in engineering and also serves as part-time service director for the village of Glenwillow, said he hopes to improve operations by centralizing and integrating building maintenance contracts in the village.
“ONE THING I plan to do is centralize a lot of the things that they’re doing separately now in the [village],” Scaffide said. “A lot of the departments are running independently when it comes to repairing their buildings, such as the police and fire departments.
“I’d like to just centralize some contracts so when something goes wrong, we have regular maintenance on those things and we all know who to call and who to talk to. That’s going to be based on the department heads too, at least I’m going to make the offer.”
Alonso said Scaffide’s years of hands-on engineering work with the village made him an easy choice for the director position. Alonso added Scaffide was the only candidate interviewed. Scaffide has worked as an associate with Krock & Esser Engineering within the village for more than two years.
“This has been Sam’s role pretty much all of his career,” Alonso said. “I think we’re fortunate to have somebody with his background to help us.”
Scaffide said he feels his years of experience in municipal service and local government qualified him for the position.
“I started out working for a service department [in Bedford Heights] when I was 17 years old, so I was on the labor end of it,” Scaffide said. “Eventually, I worked my way up to the top [Bedford Heights public works director], so I think that had to play a big part of it.”
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