Tom Curtin has found himself without the job of heading the Geauga Park District.
In a split vote during a specially called park board meeting today (Thursday, Nov. 21) Curtin's contract was not renewed as the agency's executive director.
Voting not to renew Curtin's contract were park board commissioners Nick Fischbach and Michael Petruzello while Jim Patterson dissented.
Fischbach and Petruzello are appointees of Geauga County Probate-Juvenile Judge Tom Grendell while Patterson is a hold-over appointment from the late judge Chip Henry.
In a short and terse release on what can only be called a vote of no confidence of Curtin, the parks system's three commissioners agreed to allow him to remain on paid administrative leave for the remainder of this year.
Curtin had been the director for the agency for 14 years and following a lengthy stint as a Lake Metroparks' recreational supervisor.
However, Curtin did not have the backing of a number of Geauga County's most conservative residents.
Likewise during Curtin's tenure the agency had periodically been in the gun sights of some Geauga County's more conservative activists who believed the parks system had been buying too much property and is also insensitive to residents' and tax-payers' interests.
For several years Curtin had been a thorn in the side of the arch-conservative Geauga County Constitutional Committee and vice-verse.
Here is a post on the Council's web site, directed at the park district in general as well as Curtin specifically:
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn