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Tablack receives 1-year contract



Published: Wed, May 19, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Mahoning County Administrator George J. Tablack has a new one-year deal, but one commissioner opposed the pact, citing the county’s poor economic condition.

Tuesday’s vote to rehire Tablack was 2-1, with Commissioners Anthony T. Traficanti and David N. Ludt in favor and Commissioner John A. McNally IV opposed.

It was the same alignment of commissioners as in the 2006 vote concerning Tablack’s initial four-year contract, which expired Saturday.

The other terms of Tablack’s contract will remain the same: a $103,809 annual salary, minus 10 percent in the form of an unpaid holiday every two weeks; six weeks of annual vacation; and a clause requiring a lump-sum buyout equal to six months of his salary if the commissioners fire him.

McNally said he was opposed to the contract renewal because of the county’s poor financial condition, but he was willing to keep Tablack as a regular at-will employee as he was before he got his initial contract four years ago.

Ludt noted that Tablack performs both county- administrator and budget-director functions.

“The rate we have him down at is a fair rate,” Ludt said.

Tablack is a certified public accountant.

Because of the critical financial issues affecting the county, Traficanti said he believes it is essential to keep Tablack at least through the end of this year.

“I think it would be irresponsible if we did not do the right thing for the county,” Traficanti said.

Tablack, who also has served as county auditor, did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

McNally said that due to the county’s financial crisis, 10 to 15 people likely will be laid off soon from the county’s 30-member facilities department, which cleans and maintains county buildings, but he said he did not know the effective date of the layoffs.

In other business, commissioners honored the leadership of the Committee for Our Future, which ran the successful campaign to get the half-percent county sales tax renewed for five years May 4.

The committee donated $700 in leftover campaign funds to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, and Atty. David Betras pledged an additional $300 to the food bank from the Mahoning County Democratic Party, of which he is chairman.

The commissioners also entered into contract with Youngstown Radio Service for installation of 30 GPS units in county engineering-department vehicles at a cost of $14,250 and with Snovak Floor Covering of Youngstown for $6,198 worth of carpeting to be installed in the new domestic-relations court magistrates’ offices on the third floor of the county courthouse.


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1author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Really glad the magistrates' office got some new carpeting with deputies being laid off and prisoners being released from jail.

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2burford(95 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"and a clause requiring a lump-sum buyout equal to six months of his salary if the commissioners fire him."

Is this common for county administrator contracts? If he was fired a day before his contract expired would he receive an additional 6 months of salary?

And with the commissioners making $300,000 a year should we pay an administrator an additional $104,000?

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3steelers_fan(22 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Having spoken with some current county workers, word is that Tablack is a tool, he has very poor people skills. But the reason the commissioners keep him around is because he has the most knowledge about running the county. That is why they brought him back in the first place.

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4Thewatchdog(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Who fills this position for Trumbull county? The answer is nobody........ Why does Mahoning county need an administrator????

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5Thewatchdog(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The administrator salary thus is 93,428 annually plus 30 days vacation per year and an additional 26 days off for an unpaid holiday every two weeks. Where else can you find a job that gives you 56 days off per year. Since these employees are no longer 40 hour per week employees does the employee share of health benefits also increase.

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"and a clause requiring a lump-sum buyout equal to six months of his salary if the commissioners fire him."

So, when Carol RR takes office, Tablack will have just about 6 months left in his contract. And if he is fired then, he will get 100% of his salary for the year. Sounds like a great deal for him.

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7mrblue(923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Another example of Mahoning County politics and wasteful spending. He gets a cadillac deal and the safety forces get lay off notices. What's wrong with this picture??

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8Thewatchdog(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I believe this position was created for him. He could not make it in Florida and the next thing you know a job was created for him in county Government. Where would he work if he did not have the political ties for this position. I would like the commisioners justify his worth to the county.

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9anothermike(202 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The "elected" officials in each department are supposed to "administor" and run their office within their respective budgets. No need for an administrator to administrate the administrators. The Tablack clan has been drinking from the county government trough for decades. It's all of their careers. He is the last of the mohicans and after being the auditor, he knows where all the bodies are buried.

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10Cassie(88 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

What does Tablack have on Traficanti and Ludt? Ask county employees about his certifiable paranoia and his total lack of administrative skills. He controls the purse strings and consequently controls all the agency directors and quells any opposition. He does know how to run the county-----for his own advantage. Just business as usual--lets the commissioners coast instead of earning their keep. I understand that he is the ONLY person in the county with a contract and he also double dips--remember his years as auditor and his pension from those years? Why does the Vindicator treat him with kid gloves?

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11burford(95 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Great question.

Why does the Vindicator, which decries public officials and their pensions and perks, never have a critical comment about this sweetheart deal?

Remember Traficanti's slogan he would be a full time commissioner? He must be the next to go.

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12Thewatchdog(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Mr. DeSouza,
Maybe we can hear your opinion about this in your editorial. Why does Mahoning county have an administrator? Why is he so special to have an employment contract? How in the world did he leave for Florida and come back here and get this sweet job? Does anybody know?

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13kornersburgkid(57 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Get rid of Tablack and see if we can get Patrick Ungaro back.

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14author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Vindicator has always loved Georgette Tablack!

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15justsayin(42 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@could_it_be you make an excellent point. I just got a middle of the road Garmin for around a hundred bucks. My guess is the county couldn't use the inexpensive models because it would require county employees to figure out how to use the high tech windshield suction cup.

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16dawgalong(86 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Wait for it, Wait for it.... the extra $350 each for the GPS systems is the sur charge for an "administrator" to lick the suction cup and apply it to the county vehicles windshields.......Thank you very much, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress....

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17justsayin(42 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@dawg I am in tears from laughing.....

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