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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Kottage Kat

Actually he was, and became vice president of a subsidiary company before he was 30. Time will tell on this one. Not my decision, as I have said many times, if this was a not so good one for Mayor elect Duncan, I will be the first one to get the crock pot out and get the crow cooking. Kat

swiss family

yea right... why do I NOT believe that????????????????????????????/

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Swiss you know Kat always fits her story to back her view....

rbenn

Your just mad cause you didnt get promoted past pepperoni placement specialist. Ive said it once and I'll say it again. SHUT THE F%^K UP

Marcus M

Kat I agree with you to a point, but to gain experience you should work up to a management not just be handed it because of your political connections. Education degrees are very important, but real life experienced is needed in management. With Mayor Elect Duncan's limited inexperience in government and a learning curve we all experience in a new position I think he could be better served by hiring someone with at least some government or private sector management experience. As an example, would we hire a police chief who has never been a police officer? He could still hire someone younger with fresh ideas like an assistant city manager who has worked for a similar size or larger community similar to what Sandusky recently did. I wish Mayor Elect Duncan the best but the wrong decision in one of the most important positions in his administration could cost him and the city.

Cliff Cannon

@ Marcus M Very well put.Thanks

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat: Unlike your brother’s anecdotal experience, the $60K (plus bennies and perks) is hardworking taxpayer money.

I believe in treating public money as prudently and judiciously as I would my own.

If he is the "best" for the money so be it. But hopefully it’s not money down the drain for a political hack.

Not a big fan of crucifixion - too slow.

sotrue

It doesn't matter who got hired, people would have bitched about it no matter what. If it was a 50 year old with 25 years of experience, etc. people would find something wrong with the guy. People just like to find things to complain about.

Kottage Kat

@ sotrue, AMEN

Marcus M

Kat interesting transition, from the raptor attacking the mayor to the mother hen protecting it.....

Kottage Kat

I am not protecting anyone. Just being honest. Guess you missed that eh

Seriously_Local

Hypocrite - you slam the mayor for appointing Linda Herbert for having no SSD experience, and now you want everyone to layoff Duncan's appointment because people with no experience need a shot. WoW!

Kottage Kat

Linda Hebert has been in city government for 20 plus years, she should have some clue, despite her lack of experience. I said if this is/ was a bad choice AFTER he is on the job I will make crow stew. I said linda was a bad choice as she was going out the door based on performance, NOT as she came in. Now then you were saying? Kat

Marcus M

Kat, honesty or flip flop and denial????

Marcus M

Kat, will now have to revert to the "blame it on Bush, I mean Lesch." Be honest Kat would you hire someone that has never been a police officer or firefighter to head the police or fire department regardless of education? If not why is someone with no management experience qualified to be in charge of a wide range of departments and employees for the city? Has he ever negotiated a union contract, made or balanced a government budget these are just two responsibilities he faces and any mistakes will cost the taxpayers. The other problem is that the new mayor faces the same learning curve, without the assistance of an experienced safety-service director.

Kabin Kitty, you are so correct.............

Kottage Kat

Good Morning, I will get slamed maligned and sliced and diced for doing what this site was intended to do. Make a comment.
I care not one whit whom anyone voted for or reasons for so doing. This city elected Rob Duncan as Mayor, gave him a job and he is preparing to do that. He has chosen Mark Schloemer as his Safety Service Director, his reasons are his, and the choice is also. The name calling,and pious judgements never cease to amaze me. With the exception of 6079 Smith W who has made it perfectly clear he hates being here and cannot wait to take his money bags and run out of town, the basis for the rest of the comments is for me purely entertaining. How many of us have been hired for a job and the employer says, "Let's wait and see what the people on the comments column say" Doubtful at best. I do not know this young man's qualifications, nor is it up to me to judge if he can do the job. My vote says that Mayor elect Duncan has the choice to determine his department heads at his discretion, as the Mayors before him have done. Just feel that getting the cart before the horse and running someone into the dirt before it is seen what he can do is a typical narrow mindset previlent in Norwalk. The " I am right and will be" is laughable, as I certainly have no idea what this man can do, willing to withold judgement till all the facts are in and he has given me reason to doubt the choice made by Mayor elect Duncan.
Carry on, I will just sit back and see the humor in what is written, respect those who's knowlege and facts are the basis for their opinion. To each their own.
Kat

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat: Thanks for the "plug."

Sorry you don't agree with the more-than-obvious continual deterioration of the local social and economic demographics. But I call's 'em like I see's 'em.

It would be asinine for others and I of the numerous and growing Diaspora to fool ourselves into believing otherwise.

I see Willard is asking for pay reductions and employee benefit payment increases. Such events will more than likely occur on Mr. Duncan's watch.

It remains to be seen how Mr. “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” handles the coming harsh fiscal realities of the office or that you’ll be crying for “hope and change” in another four yrs.

Looking forward to reading your “objectivity” regarding his actions.

As one of the few intelligent though utterly confused residents of this bucolic whistle-stop, it's always nice to "chat" with you.

Kottage Kat

Likewise I am sure. Kat

Kottage Kat

@ Smith, Never did I say I did not agree, how could I when it is so obvious. I am sure that if I look closely the examples you cite about Willard are happening all over the state. Jobs Jobs Jobs seems to be the mantra of a multitude of politicians, and those who can accomplish that would be right up there with wizards, there is no magic solution to the problem. Being aware of a need and being able to satisfy that need are miles apart. One has to be realistic in seeing that. I and I alone happen to love Norwalk, it is where I was raised and for all it's flaws is my hometown. I can be proactive or inactive, the choice is mine. What others choose to do it theirs. Our verbal sparring is not only fun it is educational, as I do use the links you provide to futher understand your point. I simply prefer a diffrent method of delivery. Intelligence is only realtive and effective when communicating with those on par level. When those who are attempting to make a point choose to use this venue to attack others rather than having discussion of the issues, then their point is moot. Not so is the case with you, on occasion. Enjoy your posts and the links provided. Merely my opinion nothing more, nothing less. How much more objective can I be? If he is wrong and makes an error in leadership or judgement, I will be more than objective, and have so stated many times. Have to have the oppurnunity to see his performance in order to be objective. Kat

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat: I read nothing in your post which I cared to disagree - darn it! :)

You reminded me of an old saying: Opinions are the cheapest commodity in the world because everybody has one.

Kottage Kat

@ Smith, Not exactly the way I heard it---you are close, lol.

6079 Smith W

@ KK: Of course that's just your "opinion." :)

Did a websearch. It seems that a lot of people throughout history have had opinions regarding the topic of opinions:

http://www.dumb.com/quotes/opini...

swiss family

you are already changing your "spots" and making excuses...of course jobs are everyone's mantra.. and like you say.. it would take a wizard to create them...interesting reversal on your part..a short time ago you made it a point to belittle the current Mayor because she was not creating local jobs,.. you and your gossiping group, made it seem as though jobs were plentiful all around us.. that it was only Norwalk who was lacking in them, and that it was somehow the fault of one person...now you claim that it will be almost impossible to make the jobs, jobs , jobs that the mayor elect said he could bring about, a reality... gee if you would have had that revelation a short time ago, you could have seen that jobs will very likely NOT be flocking here anytime soon, so the choice was to actually pick between experience, or inexperience in leadership... especially when our future is at stake here, the obvious choice was to opt for experience.. but you have come to that realization a little too late..

Marcus M

Some folks really do seem to have their panties in a bunch and slant their facts to fit their agendas, that being said. Higher education degrees are very important, but real life experienced should be combined with education in any management position. With Mayor Elect Duncan's lack of any experience in government and his own learning curve that we all would experience in a new position I think he would be better served by hiring someone with at least some government or private sector management experience. As an example, would we hire a school principal who never has been in the classroom? He could still hire someone younger with fresh ideas like an assistant city manager who has worked for a similar size or larger community, an administrator from a smaller village or human resource person from the private sector. I wish Mayor Elect Duncan the best but the wrong decision in one of the most important positions in his administration could cost him, the city and the taxpayers. This position is not one that politics or who you know should determine. Just my personnel opinion, no has to agree.

Kottage Kat

I once knew a lady who was hired by a school system, she had NO degree, abslutely NO teaching experience what so ever. The system took a chance on her, and 20 years later at her retirement dinner, it was stated that this was a rare instance than worked. The people of that school district did not rip her to shreds, they gave her a chance, and that is all I am saying that perhaps we should do. Yes, a mistake could be costly for the city and the tax payers. Council is the financial decision branch of the city government, and ultimatly their business accumen is what counts. No one has expressed a view on a lack of experience on their part and they will be spending your money,with input from the Mayor, the final decision is theirs. They vote the budget, not the Mayor. So when being judgemental, one must consider all facets of government and their responsibilities. I hate to cite instances that might make some unhappy, however in any position we can claim a lack of experience as a precurser to failure if one digs deep enough.
It is simply a matter of your glass being 1/2 full or 1/2 empty. Kat

6079 Smith W

@KK: Your anecdotal stories are 'precious' but meaningless in regards to the specificity of this municipal bureaucratic selection.

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Kat, was she hired as a principal without any experience as a teacher, if so what school system? State law requires you must have a degree in education and a master in supervision to be a principal. In over 38 years in education I do not know of anyone ever being hired as a principal without any education experience.
Your example of council experience is lame, they do not operate the city on a daily basis or supervise employees.
You do seem to always have an "example" that fits your agenda......

Kottage Kat

Roxy, As you are realtivly knew here, this is a comments column, just here having fun and really do not give a toads toenail what people feel or say about me. I express my opinion as many others do, just that. Having fun and do not take this seriously AT ALL. Just kinda fun to see the attitudes and personalities of those who post. I have no agenda other than to comment and have fun agitating folks by so doing. I have been extremely successful with you. Just a met goal. It is alwasys good to hear what I can do to keep the momentum going. Have a great weekend Kat

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Kat I didn't say anything negative about you or your opinion, only asked questions about your statement. From your lack of an answer and reply it appears you make it up as you go to hide your lack of any real facts to base your opinion on..

Kottage Kat

Roxy, Please note I said TEACHER, that was clear. As to other questions, I am sorry I guess I missed those while trying to figure out what my agenda was. If you would be so kind as to repeat your questions I would be more than happy to reply. Thank you Kat

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