FOSTORIA — Two Fostoria city employees were fired Monday as officials reorganize municipal offices.
Zoning Inspector Sandy Coleman and city Engineer Dan Thornton were let go, the Review Times reported.
Because they are at-will employees, Coleman said officials didn’t need to have a reason for firing them.
The City of Fostoria Facebook page states the city is “undergoing reorganization in the Zoning and Engineering Offices.”
“We’re looking at how the offices operate and how we can make it better,” Mayor Eric Keckler said. “We’re making changes and moving forward and we thought some changes needed to be made. …We’re just going in a different direction and this was part of the first step, shutting things down for a bit.”
Keckler said he and Safety Service Director Deb Hellman have been discussing a reorganization of the departments, and decided this time of year was a “better time to make a change” rather than in the spring and summer when those offices are busy.
Coleman, who has worked for the city since 2010, said she “never once had a review or a bad write-up” and enjoyed her employment.
“I feel I did a good job. I always tried to have the best interest of the city in every decision I had to make,” she said.
The zoning and engineering offices will be closed “until further notice,” according to the Facebook post.
Keckler said any assistance needed, or questions in these areas should be directed to Hellman at 419-435-2561. The city will continue offering zoning and engineering services through her office.
“We’ll keep doing business while we’re reorganizing,” the mayor said, explaining there is no timeline for the process. “You’ll see some legislation soon toward that end. There will be more to come as we start to unfold a new way we’re going to do business.”
Fostoria’s city government has financial woes, and was placed in fiscal emergency status by state Auditor Dave Yost on May 25, 2016.
Fostoria voters on Nov. 7 narrowly approved a 6-mill property tax for the city. The levy is expected to generate nearly $3.5 million for the general fund by 2022 and is a key component of the city’s plan to get out of fiscal emergency.
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