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Krinos resigns, denies try at suicide

Published: Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.


Campbell Mayor George Krinos

By Jeanne Starmack



George Krinos said his Tuesday resignation as mayor will allow more time with his family, and council President William Van Such is preparing to fill Krinos’ term.

Krinos’ resignation, effective immediately, came two days after a report of an attempted suicide at his Matawan Drive home. A police log, from 3:17 a.m. Sunday, indicates a report that “a man had eaten an entire bottle of Xanax pills.”

Reached Tuesday as news of his resignation was being released to media outlets, Krinos confirmed an ambulance took him to the hospital.

He said, however, that he did not try to commit suicide.

“It was an allergic reaction,” he said, adding that he had been at a wedding Sunday evening. He said he had some drinks, and alcohol reacted with medication he takes.

He called the report on the log “entirely wrong.” He said he was released from the hospital Monday and he is fine.

Krinos released a prepared statement to the media and said he did not want to further discuss his resignation.

“I have fought as hard as I could to bring the change for which the citizens have elected me,” the statement reads. “However, because of the resistance to change, my hands have been tied with little to nothing being accomplished.”

“The position of mayor has left me with no time for family and no benefit for the city,” he added.

He told The Vindicator he just wants to “blend into the background.”

According to the city’s home-rule charter, the council president fills a mayor’s unexpired term. Council will elect one of its members to fill Van Such’s post. Council will appoint someone to fill the empty seat.

Krinos became mayor in December 2009 after defeating longtime incumbent Jack Dill. His term was up Nov. 30.

Krinos and council often butted heads as the city tried to balance its needs with the mandates of a state commission that oversees it while it is in fiscal emergency, a status it’s had since 2004.

Krinos offered to give up his health benefits so the city could use the money to pay for a full-time secretary in his office. He started taking the benefits in March and kept the secretary.

He also rehired a laid off firefighter to help with a manpower shortage in the fire department, even though council had not appropriated money for the firefighter.

Krinos dismissed a law firm that handled labor contract negotiations for the city, saying that move would save money. He went into police negotiations himself.

Van Such later said Krinos didn’t advise council to send a representative in to the negotiations at critical times. A state conciliator ordered a raise for six of the police department’s 12 officers in a contract signed in July. Council fought the order in court. That case is still pending.

“It was one thing after another after another,” Van Such said. “The problems we’ve had with him, he caused.”

Councilwoman Juanita Rich said she believes council did try to work with him, but he was inexperienced and did not come to council for advice.

“I wish him well in his future endeavors,” she said.

Krinos tried several times to fire the city’s finance director, Sherman Miles, and install his own choice for the post.

Council, which has the final say over who becomes finance director, blocked the move.

He finally tried to appoint an assistant finance director at a meeting in April that had to be adjourned when the crowd there got out of control. After that meeting adjourned, Miles and the new assistant finance director got into an argument. Krinos suspended Miles the next day for what he called unbecoming conduct.

Miles took Krinos to court, with council joining him as plaintiffs. They won a temporary restraining order returning Miles to work and dismissing the assistant, and the issue of a permanent injunction is still before the court.

Miles said Tuesday he would expect the case to be resolved soon.

“I’ve just basically been through hell this last year,” Miles said. “This is going to be best for the city. The mayor and the council can advance the city toward a positive future rather than fighting with each other.”

Krinos often said he was working to bring new business into the city, which was struggling so hard financially that it was under the threat of a shut down by the end of last year.

His secretary, Denise Sarigianopoulos, said she is disappointed.

“I feel really bad it worked out the way it did — for whatever reason,” she said.

“I wanted so much more for this city,” she said. “I wanted more accomplished.”

“I wish him good luck in the future,” said fire Chief Nick Hrelec.

Krinos also has an OVI (operating vehicle impaired) case pending in Columbiana County Municipal Court, stemming from an August 2010 arrest.


1michael1757(486 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

YooHoo!!! He's finally gone!!! He couldn't run the city,nor could he kill himself right. He's even going as far as saying the police log is wrong,& blaming it on an allergic reaction with his meds. Sound's like a drinking problem. Oh,did I forget to mention his OVI? Well,let's see how that play's out. I'll bet,& he did,say the sheriff got it wrong too. He seem's to be one of those guy's that has an answer for everything. Maybe that's the whole problem. They didn't listen to him. haha

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2Askmeificare(1125 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The man has resigned, and I'm happy he had, but celebrate quietly and move on. The citizens are rightfully too proud to act in a less than dignified way.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The drunk is gone, but Campbell's problems continue. I hope the new mayor does a better job solving them and working with council.

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4steelwagon(284 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I'd say this is a deeply troubled man who needs professional help.
If he's being prescribed xanax he has problems.

I'm sure his doctor told him about the way the drug works and the possible side effects and the dangers of misuseing his medication.

I'm also sure the label on the xanax bottle and the package warns of the danger of mixing this drug with alcohol.
That's pretty much a standard on any medication including the over the counter products.

While nobody can say with 100% certainty what Mr.Krino's intentions were it's obvious he's troubled.
Rather than bash and ridicule him let's hope he gets whatever help he needs so he can quietly blend into the background as he wishes and lead a good and productive life.

I wish him well .

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5Dafine(14 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

How sad! The man has a serious problem and you can post such nasty stuff!

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6theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

His secretary, Denise Sarigianopoulos, said she is disappointed.

YA, maybe because she's out of a job now.. Bye Bye Denise!!!

Maybe George will hire you at his office as his secretary, wiat hes not that dumb....

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7Aware(254 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

There is no Krinos listed on Matawan on the MC Auditor's site.

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8theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Because he rents

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9mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This comes as no surprise. He just couldn't handle it. I am sure that he got a lot of bad advice from a few people in his circle. Now what? Is Jack Dill coming back? Is the firefighter losing his job? Is his secretary losing her job? Stay tuned. I hope that Mr. Krinos gets his life together before it is too late.

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10jimc51(58 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if Denise is receiving phone calls like Jack Dills secretary did? nasty! Krinos came in with an agenda, he listened to people on the outside and this is the end result. Bill Vansuch (president of council) will take over for the next year. finally a mayor i can respect. you don't drink while taking medications, its listed on the bottle and i'm sure his doctor told him. and you don't accidentally take a whole bottle of pills. so the campbell police report isn't accurate? is that what Krinos is saying?

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Doing crack cocaine along with malt liquor has no compatability issues . This has been tested in tha hood for a few years . That Xanax will kill ya George !

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12mbrosh(7 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

wow, one more black eye for a city that has been beat to near death for years!

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13domesticgoddess(4 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Put the Xanax in the water supply, everybody's happy.

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14Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

So it goes,..

Where you'd never really like to see nor wish for anybody's plummet into personal hell. Some people insist upon testing the boundaries of their greed and get a gluttony of grief for the venture,.. and lies beget more lies.

Hence no matter how much some are shown that devilishness comes with hording personal demons. Where in their quest to find out for themselves that orchestrating mayhem only begets one hell of a crux to bear,.. the sensible and savory knows it's not worth it.

To play akin to mass mischief ALWAYS lead one to spiraling out of control. They'll either fall apart in a public manner. Or silently self destruct in a less visible manner to the public where only close family and associates will witness it.

That said let's hope this individual and others learn something from all this. Where hopefully he subscribes to becoming a far better person and start living with a conviction to repairing and rehabilitating his spirit. As opposed to merely existing and caring less about the condition of his own soul,.. Or what's left of it.

Only time and personal conduct will tell as a resolute reflection either way.

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15TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Juanita Rich
Juanita Rich
Juanita Rich


Time for her to take the controls of the city!!

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"“It was one thing after another after another,” Van Such said. “The problems we’ve had with him, he caused.”

That is the bottom line.

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