Trumbull board seeking deputy director applicants

WARREN — The Trumbull County Board of Elections will accept letters of interest until Feb. 1 from those interested in being considered for the open deputy director’s position.

The job is available after the Dec. 31 retirement of Ron Massullo, a Democrat. The person replacing Massullo has to be a Democrat under state election law as the director, Stephanie Penrose, is a Republican and the two positions must be held by people from the other political party.

Chairman Mark Alberini, a Democrat, at Monday’s board meeting complimented Massullo as having “an unmatched skill set when it comes to election expertise.”

Massullo said he’d been looking to retire for a while and after the presidential election and with a low-profile primary in May, this was the ideal time to leave.

After two years as an elections specialist at the board, Massullo was promoted to deputy director in August 2018.

The board will advertise for Massullo’s replacement as well as a Republican elections specialist position for a week starting Monday with a Feb. 1 deadline to apply.

“We want to advertise this internally so staff can apply and throughout the county” and through the Ohio secretary of state, Alberini said

The job pays about $58,000 — the same as the director’s position.

Penrose said she expected several people to apply for the job.

“I imagine they’ll flood in,” she said.

The board next meets Feb. 2, the day after the deadline to submit a resume and cover letter for the deputy director’s job.

The Trumbull County Republican Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to recommend to the Ohio secretary of state that Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill replace her starting in March.