Union Township trustees signed a contract to rehire former administrator Ken Geis to his old position during the board meeting Thursday, March 11. Ohio law does not permit rehiring of retired employees to the same position without a public hearing.
Township officials held a public hearing Wednesday, March 10 at which time board president Timothy Donnellon said he didn’t hear any objections to hiring Geis as administrator, only to the process used to rehire him.
“I appreciate those who came out on Wednesday to share input,” said Donnellon. “Those opposed were more upset with the interview process but did not appear to be upset with Mr. Geis.”
"Mr. Geis has a proven track record with the township," said trustee Matthew Beamer before the board voted.
Geis had worked as administrator from 1994 to 2006 when he retired as trustee to pursue a career with Cincinnati United Contractors.
The contract with Geis, which is effective Monday, March 29, includes an annual salary of $110,000, 120 hours of sick time and 15 days vacation each year. The contract is good through Dec. 31, 2012. There was no severance package included in the contract, but Donnellon did say that Geis would receive any accrued sick time or vacation time, should he leave.
"We're glad to have you back on board Ken," said Beamer after the vote.