Springfield suspends firefighter

By MARY grzebieniak



Longtime firefighter and paramedic Ted Mason has been placed on “investigatory suspension” by Springfield Township trustees who won’t say why.

Mason is first captain of the EMS service, second in command only to Emergency Medical Services Chief Karen Philibin.

The suspension was imposed by a unanimous vote of trustees at a special meeting May 23.

At their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees took no further action on the suspension. They did, however, adjourn to a lengthy executive session with two representatives from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office to discuss potential disciplinary or other action regarding a township employee.

Mason and his lawyer, Ben Joltin, later were called into the session, where they remained for 40 minutes before emerging and leaving the meeting without comment.

Trustees resumed their public meeting a few minutes later but would not comment on the Mason matter.

Philibin, who is his immediate superior at the township, said Mason’s credentials “are impeccable.” He has served on the EMS service and as a firefighter for 20 years. He also is a physician’s assistant.

In other business, trustees agreed to request certification from the county to place two 2-mill renewal levies on the November ballot, one for general operating expenses and one for fire and EMS.

They changed township office hours to summer hours which are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning June 20 until Sept. 5. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Trustees also opened six bids for a truck for the road department. Bids were:

Henderson Truck Equipment, Bucyrus — $35,267, Option 1 — $5,939, Option 2 — $7,310;

Quality Truck Body Equipment, Youngstown —$46,992.

Glenhill Machinery, Galion — $44,410.

Monroe Truck Equipment, Galion — $39,876.

Concord Road Equipment, Painesville — $44,928, Option 1 — $151.

Myers Equipment, Canfield — Option 1 with plow, $45,206 and Option 2 —$46,563.

The contract for the truck will be awarded at the July meeting, which trustees announced will be July 6.

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