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

sotrue

"Would you hire a police chief without police experience or a fire chief without fire experience, you would not"...that's not a good example at all as those two jobs are hands on jobs and require direct supervision and responsibilities of the fire and police...The position of Schloemer is a supervisory role of the fire and police from an office, not a hands on job. Bad example...not apples to apples. But if you want me to take this further...the job I have now, I had no experience in it, only a degree from college but I am now in my 3rd year of this job and handling it just fine without any prior experience.

dontcare

Are you a safety service director,,,,not really "apples to apples" Police chief and Fire chief are pretty much admin positions, I thought my example was appropriate. I would have liked to have seen Phil Charville or the former fire chief (recently retired) who both have vast amounts of administrative experience and a keen knowlege of safety service operations. I really don't think my point is arguable. If you are arguing no management experience over management experience and safety service admin experience against the lack of it, my point is being wasted.

Kottage Kat

@don't care, They would be double dipping would they not? Kat

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Seriously_Local

I don't know how driving a guy around Washington D.C. makes him qualified to be the SSD.

sarcasm

I'd bet your resume couldn't stack up against Mark's either. Try pulling your thumb out of your a$$.

Seriously_Local

I didn't want the job...

newsreader

I'd be interested to know who else showed interest. The kid has no life experience by reading his resume.

sarcasm

Does your resume stack up to his??? Does it???

Now The Rest of...

Resume, he was a congressional aide, better known as a lackey, and he worked on two political campaigns/ He doesn't have a resume, employment record or management experience.

dontcare

Yes, my resume does stack up to his. I also have no management experience, police experience, or fire experience. This is not a slam against Schloemer, he only accepted a job that he should have never been offered. It is unbelieveable to me that he did not consult with safety service managers before making this decision.

Kottage Kat

How is anyone going to gain experience if no one gives them the oppurtuniuty.

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat:

Nice use of a well-worn cliché.

But before being given that "opportunity," don't most candidates at a minimum have some rudimentary educational background in the field of endeavor?

For example, there are classes and degrees available in city management. Has Mr. Schloemer taken anything remotely related?

Paying an unknown quantity like Mr. Schloemer around $60K annually to see if he's any good at the job, kinda stretches the definition of the word "opportunity."

sotrue

"But before being given that "opportunity," don't most candidates at a minimum have some rudimentary educational background in the field of endeavor? "...to answer that, no. Not always. I have worked in HR and not every person hired for a certain job always has an education in that exact job. A lot of times job experience from one job is enough to be able to fulfill the job responsibilities of another, even if they aren't related. It happens all the time.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue:

So you were hiring 26 yr. olds at $60K just to give 'em a try out? Good thing it was somebody else's money.

I'm still failing to see where his short-term congressional experience is a plus in small city govt. Quite a stretch.

Starting to remind me of that political hack that the Obama admin. hired to oversee offshore oil drilling who had no experience. Oops! BP blows one and then she quits.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

sotrue

The business world is probably the biggest place you see this happen...graduates with marketing degrees get hired into HR fields, or grads with HR degrees get hired into marketing jobs, accounting majors take on management jobs that have nothing to do with accounting. It doesn't always have to be an exact science, as long as someone is qualified for a job and the person hiring them feels they can complete the job and meet job requirements then they can be hired. I think everyone is getting to bent out of shape over this.

6079 Smith W

Double post - it happens.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue:

Bent outa shape? That $60K (plus benefits and perks) is hardworking taxpayer money and only someone who is a spendthrift with OPM wouldn't want the best available candidate for the job.

Guess we'll just have to take Mr. Duncan's word for it until confirmed or proven otherwise.

Meet you at the Duncan Admin. Annual Review.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: Know the "corp. world" too well. Unfortunately, I've had the experience to meet some of those HR yahoos who had little to no clue what they were doin'.

Seriously_Local

I agree. We have Norwalk residents with degrees in unrelated fields who are republicans who are just as qualified for this position. I wonder what they are grooming him for?

Kottage Kat

@ Smith, My brother's degree is in Micro biological physics, 27 years later he has a master's in business, and has never worked in his field. Some one took a chance on him, and he never looked back. He started out working in a hospital lab, doing micro work on blood samples, never had a resume to qualify him. I am just wanting to see this young man given a chance prior to comment column crucifixion. We have all started somewhere because someone gave us the oppurtunity. Just let him start and see what he can do, before you get the wooden cross and the nails ready. Kat

Marcus M

Kat, so your brother worked his way up and wasn't handed a management position when he was first hired..

sotrue

I got a management position where I oversee 100+ people straight out of college.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: Lucky you. What was your longevity?

Having been around the block a few hundred times armed with a BA in addition to a PhD from "Concrete U," let me tell you:

It ain't what you make, it's what you keep. Save and invest.

sotrue

My longevity? I'm still there.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: Yrs? Months? Days? Hours?

Had a review yet?

sotrue

Going on 4 years my friend.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: Good for you. I hope the pay and bennies are good. I wish you much success.

sotrue

So now all I'm saying is give the kid some time before everyone jumps all over this hire. Everyone keeps saying he isn't qualified, no experience, etc...but how does everyone know that until the job is being performed? Just give it time.

6079 Smith W

@ sotrue: I understand and 'somewhat' agree with your argument. But the crux of the issue is private vs. public money.

As I've written repeatedly: If he's the "best" candidate for the money that Mr. Duncan could find - so be it.

On the other hand, let’s not forget the "on-the-job" Prez we got in '08. And based on Mr. Duncan's political and biz experience results may not be dissimilar on a local level - we shall see.

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