Hebert out as safety-service boss; Duncan tabs Willard grad for job

Norwalk Mayor-elect Rob Duncan has named Mark Schloemer the new safety-service director.
Scott Seitz2
Dec 6, 2011

Norwalk Mayor-elect Rob Duncan has named Mark Schloemer the new safety-service director.

The 26-year-old Schloemer will succeed Linda Hebert, who was not expected to return under the new administration. He will take over the safety-service position after Duncan takes office on Jan. 3.

The director of public service and the director of public safety are combined positions in Norwalk.

Schloemer is a 2004 graduate of Willard High School who earned a political science degree at Ohio Northern University. He currently lives in Columbus but said he plans to move to Norwalk "very soon."

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Comments

Cliff Cannon

@ Linda Hebert Not sure if this brings a 30 + year career to retirement, or if you'll stay with us in another capacity.Either way---THANK-YOU VERY MUCH ---- for the tremendous job's you've done over your career here in Norwalk. You are one special lady and our city is much better for your services.Best of luck in what ever you do

yogi bear

?????? Is she your relative????!!

Cliff Cannon

@yogi: Thought you were 'smarter than the average bear' Of course,she's my relative.Our' family 'is 7 billion strong as well as older than the scriptures and as young as the morning sun.It's called 'mankind' and when a fellow human being deserves a complaintment for ---in Linda's case, many jobs well done---I am grateful for the chance to give it to them.

swiss family

IT IS GETTING PRETTY DEEP IN HERE....

sotrue

I think everyone from Norwalk that comments on here should run Norwalk and we will see how well things will go.

-rebel

@ sotrue - I'm not sure exactly which tone you are expressing in your comment, but until now we've had a pretty clean and healthy discussion from all sides! Hope you're still on board!

ThomasJefferson

@One if by sea. AlterEgo is right...it was councilman Tkach who made "no one in charge lives in this city" an issue- not Mr. Duncan. Linda Hebert did not seem to have her finger on the pulse of the departments she was in charge of overseeing.

Guy on a Buffalo

I just can't see how a young kid is the best choice for this position. I don't think Linda should have stayed, but this guy? He could have used someone with some experience above him for a few years.

kURTje

Bout time!----His stock is good. He's a Buckeye.------He's not a double dipper, & he isn't ancient.--Great !

KnuckleDragger

Hmm, not only someone who doesn't live anywhere near norwalk but also someone with absolutely no experience in Public Safety or in the management of safety services. Not impressed with this appointment at all.

sotrue

Good Lord this is the second comment where I've seen someone mention him not living anywhere near Norwalk...do you people read? He will be moving to the Norwalk area soon(stated in the article) and he grew up in Willard, so it's not like he's a stranger to the area.

KnuckleDragger

Yes, I can read nitwit. Soon could mean 1 wk, 1 month, 1 year? What does he consider the Norwalk Area?

sotrue

nitwit? That's a new one. But to answer your question, I have heard through the grapevine that he is already looking for a place in Norwalk. Good enough for you?

swiss family

I am confused as to why he was appointed in the first place.. I do not see where he has any experience in this field.....But I wish him well, and I hope he is ready to come in with his shirt sleeves rolled up and ready to go.. I have many service and safety issues that need addressing, and he will be my first stop..,,,,, and as for Ms Hebert.... all I can say to you is GOOD..................................................................................................BYE !!!!

cow patty

They ought to have a doughnut social right away, so we can all meet him and start brainstorming our ideas onto a dry-erase-whiteboard.

yogi bear

He has the most important qualification; he worked for Karen Gillmor and Voinovich, both Republicans; he is obviously a Republican!!

Zoe

I think that bringing new people to the leadership is a good idea, although I wish he would have hired someone that has lived in Norwalk already. Jobs are hard to find in this area. This position could have employed one person in our area that didn't have a job.
I think that if Duncan thinks that this person has good ethics and character it might be worth letting him try to see if he can handle the position. So often we look at the lack of experience people have and don't want to employ them. I think that going to college gives you some experiences in life. How do we know if he's qualified or not to be safety director. just because someone hasn't been involved in police or fire work doesn't mean their not qualified. I think people here are judging a book by it's cover. I'm sure people bring more skills to the table then their resume fails to state.

yogi bear

He has the most important qualification; he worked for Karen Gillmor and Voinovich, both Republicans; he is obviously a Republican!!

AlterEgo

For all of you complaining about the qualifications for this position you have to realize that there are no qualifications for this position as required by the city charter. The only qualification is that you serve at the will of the Mayor. The mayor is ultimately responsible for these departments and they need to have the people working for them that will do as they direct. Look back through all of the people who have filled in this position and you will see there are very few who have had any direct experience with police or fire departments, let alone, other city services tht will be under this young man's direction. As of Jan it is Duncan's city to lead.

6079 Smith W

@ AlterEgo: And obviously with little to no business or political experience, the fair citizens of Norwalk shall see in which direction Mr. Duncan and his cadre of hand-picked fellow inexperienced bureaucrats like Mr. Schloemer will "lead" it.

rogerthat

You know, some of the department heads seem to know what they are doing. Maybe if Duncan and his people just do nothing that would be the best situation.

dontcare

I agree with AlterEgo, we should continue the mistakes of the past. HIre yes men with no experience in management, fire or police and expect the verterans with more eperience than his age to respect his decisions based on his lack of experience in managemen, fire, and police service. Big mistake, its not about hiring nice people. I hope he works out but please put some thought into decisions that impact so many people. This was an oppurtunity for real improvement, missed.

sotrue

How do you know the opportunity for improvement will be missed before he even starts the job? How about you let him do the job for a while before you start making assumptions and accusations?

Ehovemom

This is just a guess, but was Mr. Duncan's campaign financed by Willard residents who are Republicans and he is repaying campaign donations? Worked "with" or interned and got the coffee? He is hiring in with no experience in City Management (or any other management skills) at 50/60 grand a year. He is not interning with the city service director - a job he would be better qualified for.

sotrue

You're kidding, right?

dontcare

My assumption is based on the fact that he is 26 years old without management experience, without fire experience and without police experience, reasonable assumptions wouldn't you say. I am not saying he is not a good person. Mr. Duncan made an illogical decision based on a lack of knowledge in regard to his responsibilities. Surrounding himself with under qualified nice people is not a way to run a city. I apologize if I have insulted you but my concern and perceptions are valid.

sotrue

Did you interview him? Have you looked over his resume? Did you sit in a room and get to know him? I'm guessing not...everyone is just basing this hire off of what they read in the paper. Why don't you let him take over the job and see how it goes first and trust in Duncan's decision making.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: "Trust" is ‘earned,’ it is not given.

You may very well get the "hope and change" you seek and then demand it again in four yrs.

I agree with Ehovemom, it reads like possible payback of political patronage to me.

sotrue

Why the hell would Willard people help finance his campaign in Norwalk?

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: No campaign cash came in from state party sources?

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