Board unanimously selects deputy director

WARREN — The Trumbull County Board of Elections voted unanimously Monday to promote Ron Massullo, a Democrat, to the position of deputy director.

The promotion takes effect Sept. 1, and comes after the retirement announcement of Democratic Deputy Director Alan Shaker.

But Shaker, who started at the elections board in 2005 as a voting machine administrator, won’t be leaving the board Sept. 1 as was planned.

The board also voted to appoint Shaker to a temporary position of voting machine administrator through May, when, said board Chairman Mark Alberini, the position will be left unfilled.

The board wants Shaker’s 17 years of expertise on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly with the November general and the May primary elections, Alberini said.

Shaker will be paid about $17 an hour for 32 hours a week, cannot work overtime, will maintain health insurance and receive 40 hours of vacation time after he starts Sept. 1.

Massullo is expected to be paid about $58,000 a year, but the amount must be confirmed with the county pay scale, Alberini said.

His former position as an election specialist is expected to go unfilled for now with other employees absorbing the work, Alberini said.

Others who applied were Andrea Renn, a 13-year tabulations administrator at the elections board, Lisa Hovance of Cortland, Werner Lange of Newton Falls and Lindy Lucas of Warren.

Massullo of Poland has worked for the Trumbull County board for more than two years. Before that, he worked as a regional liaison for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office for more than three years, served as an administrative assistant to the Mahoning County treasurer and the Mahoning County engineer offices and was a clerk for the Mahoning County Board of Elections. He also runs an event and promotions business in Poland.

“I’m humbled that after two decades of working in the election business that I’ve been offered this opportunity,” Massullo said.