Port authority reaches compromise on economic director's pact


VIENNA — The Western Reserve Port Authority approved a compromise this morning that ends its current contract next month with its economic director and offers her a incentive-laden six-month deal with a base pay of $47,500.

The board split 4-4 on a motion that member Don Hanni III offered — to terminate the contract of Rose Ann DeLeon, who has handled economic development work for the port the last three years.

But members Scott Lewis and Patrick Pellin followed that with a motion that would give DeLeon six more months and give the port the option of signing her up for six more months in June.

Calls to DeLeon, who is in Columbus, were not returned seeking comment on whether she will accept the offer.

She said last week she would accept a pay cut from her current $155,000 annually to $95,000 annually with incentives possibly raising her pay to $150,000.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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