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City official suspended for one day without pay

Published: Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 7:15 p.m.

City official draws 1-day suspension


The mayor will suspend the city’s deputy director of public works for one day without pay for failing to inform all business owners impacted by a major sewer project on a key section of one of downtown’s busiest roads.

Mayor Charles Sammarone said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the public works department, has to be responsible for his actions.

“It’s his first suspension, so it’s one day,” said Sammarone, who considered a penalty of three days. “The point isn’t the length of the suspension. The point is to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The suspension is to drive home a thought that [there are repercussions] when you screw up. I keep pushing accountability. If you make mistakes, you’ve got to be held accountable.”

As for the suspension, Sammarone said it’s only one day out of “the kindness of my heart.”

Shasho declined Tuesday to comment to The Vindicator about the suspension.

The suspension, likely to be Monday, will cost Shasho about $323. He earned $83,948 in salary last year, according to payroll records provided by the city’s finance department.

Sammarone said he met with Shasho and others before the Feb. 4 start of the $1 million sewer project that shut down West Federal Street near Phelps Street. The intersection reopened Tuesday.

At that meeting, Sammarone said he specifically told Shasho to inform every business owner in the area about the project.


1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Hughes should be suspended too. What is her position anyways? Hanging at the downtown bars is a pretty cushy gig.

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2lyndsh83(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago


- At that meeting, Sammarone said he specifically told Shasho to inform every business owner in the area about the project.

Shasho — with the assistance of Lyndsey Hughes, downtown director of events, special projects and marketing — told most business owners, but acknowledged he missed a few. Sammarone said Shasho — and not Hughes — is responsible for the problem.

Hughes said she was told by Sammarone to let Shasho and Marucci and Gaffney Excavating, the Youngstown company doing this work, inform business owners “because they could have technical questions. I had a feeling that people weren’t finding out so I let them know.”

Among those not contacted by Shasho or Hughes was Robert Faraglia, owner of Roberto’s Italian Ristorante at 103 W. Federal St., located in the heart of the work area.

Faraglia and Barry Silver, owner of Silver’s Vogue Shop at 27 W. Federal St., also in the middle of the project area, said in a Saturday article in The Vindicator that they had no warning the work was going to start and vehicular traffic would be closed at Phelps.

Sammarone said he read the article and called Shasho on Saturday, asking, “Didn’t I tell you what to do?”

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3walter_sobchak(2727 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I have to agree with Utica on this one. The DDPW in Youngstown was typically as Professional Engineer and/or Professional Surveyor, but I could not find his name on the state roster. $83,000 per year for a non-credentialed individual such as this is highly unusual but that is to his credit. Life is always about who you know, not what you know. One would hope, however, that since he is the DIRECTOR he would have organizational and leadership skills commensurate for the position. To deflect any of the responsibility for this on the Federal Plaza Event Director is shameful along with laughable.

So, the city eliminates the building dept. led by Brenda Williams, a licensed architect but keep Mr. ShashO (emphasis intended) who can't do the simplest of tasks. Why does he keep his job but the woman in the sensible shoes have her job eliminated?

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