Canfield council appoints Warino city manager

By Amanda C. Davis

Outgoing City Manager Charles Tieche originally had planned to retire in ’07.

CANFIELD — Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer Joseph Warino is set to become Canfield’s next city manager.

City council voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Warino, 56, to the post, effective Dec. 1. His retirement from the county position, which he’s had since 1997, is effective Nov. 27.

Warino’s two-year contract with the city includes a salary of $70,000 per year. His appointment is contingent upon a pre-employment medical exam and criminal and personal history background checks.

Warino will replace Charles Tieche, who announced his plans to retire in 2007 when the search for his replacement began. Tieche has had the position since 1991.

In July, the city ended a two-year search and appointed Charles Bowman of Kent as city manager. He was to begin his two-year contract Sept. 8, but the appointment was revoked and the position reopened. Bowman, who was to make $72,000 per year, had been city manager of Greenfield in Highland County, but officials there said he resigned Aug. 28.

City Atty. Mark Fortunato declined to say why Bowman’s appointment was revoked, adding only that the city decided to “go in a different direction.”

Warino, who lives in Canfield Township with his wife, Linda, said his first order of business will be to meet all department heads and get a feel for any “hot-button issues.”

Mayor William Kay said he’s happy the city found an experienced candidate who has local roots. “He’s just what we’re looking for.”

Council President Andrew Skrobola thanked Tieche for his years of service and his patience and willingness to act as manager during the two-year search for a replacement. Tieche said he’s willing to stay on a bit longer to help Warino transition.

Warino has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Youngstown State University. His employment history includes Youngstown’s community development engineer from 1975 to 1982; chief engineer for Youngstown’s water department from 1982 to 1984; Mahoning County’s chief deputy engineer from 1984 to 1989; and division manager of municipal services for MS Consultants Inc. from 1989 to 1997.

He also served as Canfield Township trustee from 1993 to 1997.

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