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Mayor to replace finance director

Published: Wed, December 2, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack

CAMPBELL — The city’s new mayor tried to fire the finance director and ordered him out of his office Monday, but by Tuesday, he had retracted the order.

George Krinos, who won November’s election over longtime Mayor Jack Dill, told finance director Sherman Miles that he was terminated as of the end of the business day Monday. Tuesday was Krinos’ first offical day as mayor.

Krinos said Tuesday he’d hand-delivered the letter.

“This letter is to inform you that your services are no longer needed,” the letter reads. “Please remove all of your personal effects and place any keys you have belonging to the city of Campbell in the custody of the dispatch officer in the police department.”

“According to the [city] charter, I have the ability to replace him,” Krinos said.

But after a meeting Tuesday with Law Director Mark Kolmacic, Miles and Miles’ lawyer Dennis Haines, he sent another letter telling Miles he can remain in the post until a successor is appointed.

Kolmacic said the charter calls for city council to approve the appointment of a finance director.

Krinos said he still intends to nominate someone new for the post.

The mayor said the person he wants to nominate to replace Miles is an experienced financial adviser who “shares in the same vision.” He would not name the person, adding that the nomination will take place at council’s Dec. 16 meeting.

If council votes against replacing Miles, Krinos said, Miles will stay in the post.

He said he could then nominate the person he wants as finance director again.

Miles has been the city’s finance director for two months, taking over for John Leskovyansky, who’d had the post for six years.

Miles is an attorney with a practice in Youngstown. He said he also has degrees in accounting and finance and experience in government.

Miles was a legislative assistant in the Ohio Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and a management analyst for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. He is paid $40,000 a year by the city.

Miles would not comment Tuesday, saying he’d been advised by his attorney not to do so.

Krinos said he has no intentions of replacing anyone else from the old administration.



1theword(342 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I see the new Mayor has no idea what he is doing. Heres a clue Mayor, READ THE CHARTER !

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2BIGAL4REAL(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like '' politics as usual'' in good ole campbell. Only a third of the people who live there are employed, the other two thirds are either retired or on some form of public assistance. The 2.5% city income tax has effectively driven out many working people, myself included !

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3theword(342 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This kid will drive the City to its end. Just wait and see.

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4BIGAL4REAL(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

The ''Campbell'' that i knew and loved died a long time ago. Lots of good memories though, playing football on the same field that my father and grandfather played. The original Hills Dept. Store, Lincoln Lanes, BQF, swimming at Rooseveltte Park and so on. What a shame. R.I.P. Campbell

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5Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

It seems like Miles has great qualifications.....for that reason he will probably be replaced. This kid will put the final nail in Campbell's coffin. Do some research on the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts website (public assess section) and the Mahoning County Records site and then come back and tell me about his "Vision."

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6BIGAL4REAL(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

WOW ! I visited the (public assess section) The voter's in Campbell might be in for a real treat. Ah, visions of Vargo holding his hat out !

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7Ctown(115 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This "CEO" is not even a college graduate. The Vindy originally stated that he was but later retracted this statement (prior to the election) when they found out it wasn't true. I can't believe that he didn't file a 2008 city return (due in 2009) knowing that he was planning on running for mayor in 2009. He's lived in Campbell for years.

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8joseph123(3 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


The mayor was married on August 22nd 2009 and bounced many of his paychecks for his wedding.

He refused to pay many of the caterers and several other businesses that he hired for his wedding.

What he does is hands the checks late(the day of the event) and on monday when the merchants went to cash the checks they bounced. He claimes that he stopped payment b/c he was unsatisfied with their services, but stopping payment is different then bouncing checks. He had no intentions of paying for his wedding and still has yet to do so.He does this frequently just look at the public search website mentioned earlier.
The loss to his victims just for the wedding has been over 10,000 dollars, Which if convicted is an aggrevated felony. The Mahoning county prosecuter refused to prosecute, probably because they are all cronies together.

I cant believe that this crook got elected mayor of campbell. I hope that the other elected officials of campbell and the people of campbell do whats best for them and get this guy out of office NOW.

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