BATH TWP. – The majority of business conducted at the Bath trustees meeting Tuesday dealt with personnel issues.
Trustees approved the recommendation of Police Chief Michael McNeelyand hired Eric Shaffer as a part-time police officer effective Feb. 1. Shaffer, who has a criminal justice degree from Youngstown State University, is also a part-time officer with the Norton Police Department. He will be paid the entry-level rate of $15.90 per hour, contingent upon the successful completion of physical and psychological examinations.
With respect to the Bath Fire Department, trustees agreed with the recommendation of Chief Walter Hower to post internally for a full-time administrative assistant. The department has had two part-time employees in the recent past, sharing as many as 56 hours of work in a week, Hower said. One of the part-time employees has left, and with the changes coming to health care benefits for part-time employees, the township has opted to make the post full-time.
By posting internally, the current administrative assistant Cheryl Jackson, as well as anyone else employed by Bath, will have the first opportunity to apply for the position. Letters of intent and resumes will be accepted through Feb. 1, with hiring projected for April 1.
The township will also be advertising and interviewing for seasonal laborers for both the service and parks departments, per the request of Michael Rorar, interim and assistant service director and parks director. The seasonal employees, including two for the service department and three for the parks department, will be employed basically for the summer months, said Rorar. Minimum requirements include: 18 years of age, a high school degree and a valid driver’s license. Resumes will be accepted through Feb. 15.
Finally, trustees approved an amendment to the 2013 Organizational Resolution that will allow the employment of Tom Kamp as a part-paid volunteer fire paramedic at the hourly rate of $20.81. Kamp retired from the department last year. He was one of several Bath employees who retired due to changes in the state pension laws for public employees.