Duties, salaries increased for port workers

VIENNA – Four employees at the Western Reserve Port Authority have been granted pay increases totaling about $20,000 as compensation for taking on expanded duties, airport officials said.

Members of the port authority on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the increases, including the largest that boosted the annual pay of airport Marketing and Business Development Coordinator Andrea Hoffman from $32,000 to $42,000, plus $50 per hour for additional website development work done after work hours.

Hoffman was hired in February to help the airport’s aviation division market the airport to both passengers and potential airlines.

She now will take on the duties of administering the website for the port authority’s economic development arm.

She already administers the website for the aviation division.

The other three positions, which include the port authority’s office manager, financial consultant and administrative assistant, each will receive 10 percent increases in salary. Director of Aviation Dan Dickten said the three, who work in the port authority’s aviation division, will assume additional duties assisting the economic development division.

The existing salaries, which totaled $130,592, will increase to $150,541. The original amounts will be paid from the port authority’s aviation division budget. The increased amount of about $20,000 will be allocated from the port’s economic development budget.

In other personnel matters, Western Reserve Port Authority chairman Ron Klingle said the board is continuing discussion on filling the vacant executive director position, the top administrator on the port authority’s economic development arm.

That position has remained open since the post was vacated in January by Rose Ann DeLeon, who was in poor health.

The name of one candidate, John Moliterno of Girard, had been bantered about in recent weeks. Klingle declined Wednesday to comment on the discussions or whether other candidates are being considered.

“Hopefully within a few weeks we are hoping to bring that to a close,” Klingle said.

Moliterno is a Girard councilman and former president of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

During Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting, the board members twice entered lengthy executive sessions to discuss personnel matters that may have included hiring an executive director. Ohio law permits public bodies to discuss certain matters in closed-door sessions.

Three vacancies remain on the eight-person port authority board after former board members James Floyd, Scott Lynn and Richard Schiraldi resigned in recent months. Two of the vacancies are expected to be filled by Trumbull County commissioners and one by Mahoning County commissioners.