Transit board interviews 3 candidates

WARREN — The Trumbull County Transit Board on Tuesday held interviews with three candidates applying to replace its outgoing transit administrator, including applicants that work for the transit systems in Cleveland and Medina County.

The board is still accepting applications for the position and has not set a deadline to apply.

“We did not want to delay interviewing these candidates who have already applied,” said Robert Faulkner, chairman of the board.

Administrator Mark Hess is scheduled to retire at the end of the year. He is being paid $65,000 a year and has agreed to stay on as a consultant for $40 an hour until the board replaces him.

Applicants are Janine T. Martindale of Girard, Michael Salamone of Medina and Kari Solomon of Cleveland.

Martindale has been an office manager for Dr. Sharon L. George in Warren since September 2016, and before that was the housing program manager for the YWCA of Youngstown for about six years. She also worked as a courier at Federal Express for 20 years. Martindale has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University, a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a doctorate in transformational leadership.

Salamone has been serving as the director of the Medina County Public Transit System since 2009. Salamone was the general manager for First Transit in Cincinnati for two years before that, and he was operations supervisor for the transit system in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 2000 to 2005.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Solomon has been the budget management analyst for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit System since 2010. For two years prior to the appointment, the same transit system employed her as the management development business analyst.

She was named one of Mass Transit’s 40 under 40 this year and received a bachelor’s degree in management from Hiram College and a graduate degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University.

Faulkner said it’s a good sign two of the three candidates have a background in transit.

The board also decided Friday to expand advertising of the position to transportation magazines.