Former MVSD manager sues for pay, time

WARREN — The former plant operations manager at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of forgery, noncompliance with Ohio’s Safe Drinking Water Act and tampering with records is seeking wages and accumulated sick time totaling more than $25,000 from when he was placed on administrative leave.

Anthony P. Vigorito, 42, pleaded guilty in December to reduced charges and was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence plus 100 hours of community service, a year of probation and a $3,000 fine. Vigorito, who was originally charged with two counts of each charge, all felony charges before the plea, was plant operations manager at the water supplier when water certification classes he privately gave to 26 Youngstown Water Department employees in 2013 and 2014 came under scrutiny by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Vigorito was placed on unpaid administrative leave on April 26, 2017, after he was charged with felony offenses and at the time his rate of compensation was $37.31 per hour for a 40-hour week, according to a complaint filed in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.

Vigorito’s regular pay through the period of unpaid administrative leave would have been $14,924.70 and MVSD has refused to pay him, the complaint states. However, a section of Ohio law stipulates employees who do not plea or are not found guilty of felony charges are entitled to base pay plus interest from the time they were on unpaid administrative leave, the complaint states.

Vigorito is also seeking accrued sick time totaling $11,569.46 which MVSD has refused to pay him, the complaint states.

Tom Wilson, an attorney who represents MVSD, did not return a call seeking comment.