Johnston names new fire chief
Trustee approved as assistant chief
By BOB COUPLAND
JOHNSTON — Township trustees have named a new fire chief and also approved Trustee Jim Carnes to serve as assistant fire chief with no pay effective Jan. 1.
Trustees on Monday named former assistant fire chief Scott Gardiner as the new chief at $450 per month.
Trustee Dominic Marchese said Carnes can handle the duties of the assistant position, but because he is a trustee he can’t be compensated, saving the township $400 per month that will be given back to the township and used partly for purchasing four thermal imaging cameras.
Trustees met briefly in executive session on personnel matters before making the decision about the chief.
The assistant chief handles call-offs, fill-ins and scheduling.
Gardiner replaced the former fire chief Charles Roszak, who resigned Dec. 31, 2020, after more than 40 years with the department — many of those years as chief.
Trustees had approved eliminating an emergency medical service administrative assistant position at the fire department.
In other business, trustees approved new one-year contract through 2021 for providing emergency medical service to Greene, Gustavus, Kinsman and Vernon townships.
Officials said they are waiting for the contracts from Kinsman and Vernon.
Kinsman officials are reviewing the contract and are scheduled to act on it at their Jan. 25 meeting.
Trustee Fred Stahl said he wants to have information included in the contract on Johnston using the Kinsman ambulance, which is housed in Johnston.
Each township pays a specific amount for the service based on a 2-mill levy, but Greene pays based on a 1-mill levy as Johnston covers only half the township and Bristol the other half.
Kinsman has a 1-mill fire / EMS levy, which passed in 1988. There is also a 1.2-mill fire / EMS levy approved in 2012.
• Named Davis Denman as chairman and Carnes as vice chairman;
• Announced a ribbon cutting will be held this spring for the new recycling center behind the fire department building. The center was made possible from a grant from the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District. The center can be used by the public with guidelines posted and the area monitored by security cameras;
• Heard from Marchese the local historical society is donating an aluminum plaque to be placed by the trees planted in 2003 to mark the bicentennial of the township.
• Set meetings for 6:30 p.m. second Monday of month at the VFW Hall.