NORTHFIELD CENTER — Flags on township property have been flying at half-staff over the last few days in to commemorate the death of longtime township administrator Sam Ciocco.

He died May 30, according to Township Trustee Rich Reville. He was a resident of Reminderville, according to Trustee Paul Buescher, and had been the township’s administrator for more than 20 years.

"Sam was a big part of the community," said Buescher. "I never saw anybody as devoted to his job. He didn’t look at it as a job, rather as a way of life. He always was looking for answers to questions, and many times took his work home with him."

Buescher said he developed a friendship over the years with Ciocco, and added there was no one the latter didn’t get along with.

"Even on sick days and vacation time, Sam would conduct Township business from his home and even gave his cell phone number to residents so that they could contact him anytime with problems for him to help resolve.

Buescher said Ciocco Sam served under 10 trustees and four fiscal officers and worked closely with the Historical Society of Olde Northfield and the Palmer House in archiving the area’s history.

"I am going to miss my friend Sam as I am sure many others also will. Even though Sam will no longer be seen in his office, some of the little trinkets laying around that he collected over the years will remind all of us about our jovial friend with whom we had the privilege of working with all these years," he said.

Funeral arrangements will be private.

Buescher said as of June 4, trustees had not discussed Ciocco’s replacement, but added zoning commission secretary Judy Flauto and Reville are handling much of the township’s business until a new administrator is on board.