Western Reserve Port board to vote on director’s contract

Staff report


The Western Reserve Port Authority will meet in special session at 9 a.m. today at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to vote on nonrenewal of the contract for Rose Ann DeLeon, the port’s executive director.

Her three-year contract expires Dec. 7, but the board must notify her by Nov. 7 if it doesn’t intend to renew the contract.

If no action is taken by Nov. 7, the contract rolls over for one year.

Board member Don HanniIII said the vote is intended to prevent the contract from rolling over for another year.

Hanni said DeLeon isn’t worth $95,000 per year.

Hanni said he doesn’t know whether there will be enough votes to approve the measure. He and members Richard Musick, Andre Visnapuu and Pat Pellin asked for the special meeting, Hanni said.

On Friday, the board split 4-4 on whether to approve a new contract for DeLeon that paid her $95,000 per year with possible performance incentives.

DeLeon’s current contract pays $155,000 annually.

A 4-4 vote fails.

The board also split 4-3 with one abstention (Pellin) on whether to notify DeLeon that her contract was not being renewed.

That vote also failed.

Scott Lynn, the port authority chairman, said he thinks the meeting will be a “waste of time” because he doesn’t believe the outcome will be different from the last time, but the board’s bylaws require that a special meeting be held if three or more members ask for one.

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