Portage County commissioners have signed a separation agreement with Jon Barber, who was let go this month as director of the county Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department.
The agreement pays Barber for all of his accrued, unused vacation as of June 14, his last day employed by the county. That is according to county policy.
Barber also will receive $17,884, which the county expects he will use to buy 2.8 years of service credit with the Ohio Employee Retirement System, and $4,758 for three months 'health insurance coverage.
He was being paid $64, 937 per year as EMA director.
Commissioners said the decision to change leadership came after an in-depth analysis of EMA operations this year and after talking with members of the emergency management services community and elected officials.
Commissioner Maureen Frederick said the settlement "was a mutually beneficial agreement." The document stipulates Barber gives up the right to sue the county, commissioners or the county EMA.
Barber had been EMA director since March 2007 when he succeeded Mark Griffiths.
Barber has been a county commissioners' employee since 1995 when he was named county dog warden. He was named head of security for the Portage County Administration Building in 1999. He was a deputy sheriff from 1983 to 1995.
Commissioners retained Annette Petranic of Pavlick Consulting Inc. to lead the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department on an interim basis. She will be paid $6,000 per month.
Petranic has been assisting the department since the August 2012 death of assistant director John Mason.
Portage County has not advertised for a new EMA director. Charlene Badger, head of the commissioners' human resources department, said the job description is being reviewed.
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