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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Kat so what did your friend's TEACHER experience have to do with this article which is all about an inexperienced person being given a MANAGEMENT position? Clearly your friend must have been employed at a technical school if she taught without a degree, you really lack clarity on your comments.

Kottage Kat

She was responsible for ther managing of the education of children with no experience, no degree. All her college courses were in business. As parent, as with the people on here, one would question if the children would get the best education for the taxpayers dollar with this non degreed, inexperienced person teaching their children. In essence she was in a leadersdhip role, guiding the education of these children. The basic premiss perhaps I am making is someone gave her a chance, before counting her out. We have a Fire Chief, and a Police Chief, they prepare they budgets, They are in the position of managing their depts. Has anyone clearly defined the role and duties of the Safety Service Director per the City Charter? I would have to see the job description before I would say with all certainty this man is not qualified. Would you please get me a description, and then perhaps we could have a resonable discussion. Thank you and I look forward to that informastion forthcoming. Kat

Marcus M

You friend also I assume had an experienced principal she worked for. Our new safety service director is working for a mayor that will have his own learning curve and lacks government experience. I am going to enjoy being the loyal opposition.

Kottage Kat

I agree to a point. I was always praying for the health and well being of Mayor Lesch. If she had become incapacitated or worse, Linda Hebert would have been Mayor. Nuff said? Kat

6079 Smith W

@ KK: Kinda like the uneasiness that some felt on the national level when Ms. Pelosi was Speaker of the House? (Third in line of succession.)

Marcus M

Kat we agree I hope Mayor Elect Duncan's congregation pray for his good health as we all should, otherwise we have a 26 year old with no experience......

Kottage Kat

@ Marcus, I remeber some time ago a 19 year old was elected Mayor of a city, uncertain where.
A high school junior or senior wa elected to a city council. Perhaps they are exceptions, however, who among us has the facts that say a specific degree or number of years experience are required to fill this position. Where does it say that I have the ability to judge a performance that is still unproven. We have 152 comments by people who are neither qualified or experienced judging someone who has yet to even start his job. I did not apply for the job, did you?

Marcus M

We elected an inexperienced president 3 years ago, how's that working out? How would you feel about having surgery done by a doctor preforming his first and the doctor assisting him is just as inexperienced? Would you hire a police or fire chief who never had been a police officer or fireman? I could go on, my point is education, experience and youth could have been found if politic connections had not been the most important consideration as it appears it was. I hope Mayor elect Duncan didn't shortchange himself and the taxpayers of the city. If the soon to be former mayor had made a similar appointment a certain blogger would have gone nuclear in her kitty litter......

Kottage Kat

Marcus, Please note, I said not a word when she appointed the current Safety Sercice Director. Your analogy is silly. May common sense prevail. Kat

rbenn

Well im gonna give my 2 cents worth here, I think a person with a management background should have been chosen for this position. I think Rob dropped the ball on this one. That being said I in no way hope or want failure for this young man in this position. If he does well that would be great. But if he doesnt cut the mustard well the new mayor will have to be held accountable. We all may bash and mess with each other on the blogs but the state of our city and its leadership have to be taken seriously.

Cliff Cannon

@ Pugsly Totally agree with you,as well as with Marcus M. Having said that,may I propose this question: The 'word on the street' regarding Rob's political ambition's have been ,of course,he wants to work his way to Columbus.( Did you hear that during the campaign?) If so,I have no problem with that ambition,after all to make that leap,he'll have to be a 'go-getter' which will help our city,agreed? So if in fact,that is his goal,this young man's appointment makes more sense,doesn't it ? Obviously,then Rob's allegeded ambition's rides alot on this young man's talents,which hopefully, translates to great things for our city. Either way,the young man has the job and here's hoping for the best for him ( and us)

6079 Smith W

@ Cliff Cannon:

I'm hard pressed to recall a historical precedent of a mayor of Norwalk eventually being catapulted to the confines of political office in Columbus. Maybe a good question for Mr. Timman? On-the-other hand, Ms. Lesch did throw her support toward Misters Obama and Strickland. Interesting thought.

I’m bored with this pre-game banter – let's get the players on the field and see what they’ll do!

Cliff Cannon

@ Smith & K.K. Totally agree it is time to get the 'players on the field' and let them play. As for the rumor it came from 2 elected oFFicials,so it had some 'credability' to me. Of course,we have this wonderful phrase:" heard it from the horse's mouth" which,is a strange quote considering that other than Mr.Ed horse's don't talk. No matter,I did not hear this from the "horse" as well as don't care if Rob aspires to a higher oFFice,in fact,I'm all for ambitious people

6079 Smith W

@ CC: Before "horses" there were talking mules: "Francis" and from the Bible.

http://www.biblegateway.com/pass...

Considering their questionable intelligence, we should perhaps ponder long and hard on the source?

Regarding "the field," one should recall that it's been said that politics is a contact sport.

Kottage Kat

CliFF, Heard Nary a word. Kat

Marcus M

If Mayor Elect Duncan has higher political ambition and his safety service director choice was to further that, it tells you everything we need to know about his attitude towards what is good for the city and what is good for Mayor Elect Duncan. I hope I'm wrong and the mayors job is not just about furthering a political career for higher office. History tends to repeat itself, the last two mayors were defeated for re election after their 2ND term.........

Seriously_Local

Duncan is no doubt hoping to be elected to Terri Boose's seat in 2014. The rumblings I have heard for some time is that Manning will eventually be appointed to a job inside the Department of Education, Boose will be selected to fill her vacancy (meaning he can run as an incumbent for the State Senate seat), Duncan will be selected to fill his vacancy (meaning he can run as an incumbent for the Ohio House seat), and the Republicans will appoint a new mayor of Norwalk. This is, of course, contingent upon Terri winning in 2012.

swiss family

so, are you saying, with enough shifting around, we could end up with Cottage Cat as Mayor of Norwalk??????????????????????????????????????????????

6079 Smith W

Several decades ago, I showed Mayor Goodsite and my then councilman that there were FCC rules that called for the cable co. to provide free of charge, cable broadcasts to be used by the city and others.

Continental Cable was raising rates and I felt that the city could potentially use it as leverage or at least get something in return. My impression was that there was little interest. These FCC rules no longer exist.

However, in this day of relatively inexpensive webcasts, I see no reason that the city cannot provide some means to web or cablecast city council meetings.

If Mr. Duncan truly wants to present an image of transparency in govt., this to me would be a good first step.

Speaking of “transparency” – here we all are playing “twenty questions" regarding his decisions and intent. It doesn't to me look like an auspicious beginning.

Kottage Kat

@ Smith, I agree on the broadcasting of council meetings, heck you can't even get them to use microphones so the gallery can hear what they are saying. Mentioned this to several councilmen, and ask them to speak more loudly, alas to no avail. Maybe they did not want folks to hear what they were saying. When the clerk reads the minutes or ordinances she does it so fast and softly you can't understand a word she says. I asked her about this and she said it was what council requested she do. Just saying. Kat

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat: IMO, you're merely helping to confirm the kind of local "backward thinking" that I find so disturbing and at times irritating. My former suburb would cablecast their proceedings.

6079 Smith W

On the Norwalk website there's a job opening for a part-time income tax specialist:

http://www.egovlink.com/public_d...

Why not find an inexperienced person and give 'em a shot?

What the h*ll, it's only taxpayer money; there's more where that came from. :)

Kottage Kat

Is there a clearly defined job description? Have you reserched the job description for the Safety Service Director? Perhaps having that in print would validate some of the critique of Mayor elect Duncan's choice, either pro or con. Thank you Kat

6079 Smith W

@ KK: According to the website, it would appear that the jurisdiction is trees, garage sales, parade and door-to-door sales permits and parking:

http://www.norwalkoh.com/dept_se...

Perhaps he 'is' qualified. But for $60K plus bennies and perqs? :)

Kottage Kat

@ Smith, Please give me a JOB description. That is a description of city services, geesh having been in all the jobs you have, even you should know what a JOB description is, or perhaps not. Kat

6079 Smith W

@ Kottage Kat: Do your own research. You wouldn’t want to be accused of being a whiny “let someone else do the work” lib would you?

Kottage Kat

Ok Thank you. Please I am a die hard Republican, shame on you. Kat

rbenn

Kat with all due respect, this position should be held by a person with a management background as well as public safety experience. This is a very important position more now than ever with the increase in crime and drug abuse. Its bad enough our judges arent doing thier job now we will have a person with no public safety experience at the helm of the safety forces ship. Not a good time for on the job training,

Kottage Kat

OK

Kottage Kat

@ Smith Nevah that. Kat

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