VIENNA - The Western Reserve Port Authority this morning voted unanimously to approve indefinite medical leave for its Executive Director, retroactive to Jan. 16.
Rose Ann DeLeon will be paid her regular salary until her accrued vacation and sick time is exhausted. After that, the port authority agreed to continue to pay DeLeon's health insurance benefits for up to one year.
Officials did not disclose the nature of DeLeon's illness, but described it as "serious." DeLeon, who has been absent from the last two board meetings, also did not attend today's meeting in which the action was taken.
Port Authority chairman James Floyd said he expects DeLeon to seek disability through the Public Employment Retirement System, and if approved, he would expect DeLeon to transfer her health coverage to that plan.
DeLeon's administrative duties will be absorbed temporarily by members of the Port Authority board and Sarah Lown, Senior Economic Manager.
DeLeon's salary is $95,000 per year plus incentives. Her contract was set to expire at the end of this year.