Action awaiting approval of City Council

By William K. Alcorn


The Youngstown Board of Health recommended that two management positions — director of air pollution and director of environmental health — be combined and that the grant-funded Office of Minority Health become a city job.

If city council approves the actions taken by the board at its meeting Monday, people applying for the positions will have to go through the civil-service process, said Erin Bishop, acting health commissioner.

Tara Cioffi, interim director of the combined air pollution and environmental health divisions, will be paid $67,0950 per year.

The board extended the contract of Felicity Alexander, director of the Office of Minority Health, through Dec. 31, to give council and the Youngstown Civil Service Commission time to act.

Bishop reported that the health department lost $37,235 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds distributed through the Mahoning County Continuum of Care used to fund its homeless nurse program.

“We are going to continue to provide services to the homeless without public-health nurses. We just won’t have one nurse designated for the position,” Bishop said.

In other action, the board accepted the appointment of Porfirio Esparra Jr. to the board made by Mayor John A. McNally.

Esparra’s term begins immediately and runs through March 31, 2019.

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