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Day-to-day operations of the City are directed by the Administrative Officer, who is responsible to the Mayor.  The Administrative Officer serves as the Director of Public Safety, Director of Public Service, and Personnel Director.

City of Norton
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER:

Valerie Wax Carr

The office of the
City Administrative Officer
is located in the City Administration Building at:

4060 Columbia Woods Drive
Norton, Ohio 44203 

Business hours are:
Monday through Friday,
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

PHONE:
330-825-7815 ext. #314
E-Mail 
Administrative Assistant:    Ann Campbell

According to the City Charter, the Mayor appoints the Administrative Officer who is confirmed by a majority of the members of Council.  The Administrative Officer is chosen on the basis of executive, administrative and engineering qualifications, with special reference to actual experience in, or knowledge of, accepted practice with respect to the duties of the office.  Within six months of appointment, the Administrative Officer must be a resident of the City. 

The Administrative Officer is responsible for serving as Director of Public Safety, Director of Public Service and the Director of Personnel.  The Administrative Officer reports to, consults with, and keeps the Mayor informed on all matters pertaining to the general welfare of the City.  The Administrative Officer recommends appropriate action to the Mayor and Council to provide for the welfare of the City and performs such other duties as the Mayor may assign. 

The Administrative Officer is the Director of Public Safety.  The Department of Public Safety includes the  Police Department and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments.  The duties of the Director of Public Safety is the enforcement of all police, fire and emergency medical services and all health, safety and sanitary requirements that may be prescribed by resolutions and ordinances of the City or by laws of the State of Ohio.  The Director of Public Safety has all the powers and duties connected with and incident to the appointment, regulation and government of the Department of Public Safety, and the removal and discipline of the officers and employees of the Department.

             The Administrative Officer is the Director of Public Service.  The Director of Public Service is responsible for the engineering, construction, improvement and maintenance of all City‑owned utilities, public works, buildings, grounds, cemeteries, parks, roads, streets and all other public places of the City and in addition, for the collection and disposal of wastes.  The Director of Public Service is in charge of and supervises the maintenance of all City property and equipment and the storage of all materials and supplies.  The Director of Public Service is responsible for the issuance of all building and zoning permits, supervising the administration and enforcement of the zoning and building ordinances, and performing such other duties as the Mayor or Council may require.  The Director of Public Service has all the powers and duties connected with and incidental to the appointment, regulation and government of the Department of Public Service, and the removal and discipline of the officers and employees.

The Administrative Officer serves as the Director of Personnel.  The Personnel Department is responsible for:

1.   Establishing a system of job classifications and descriptions covering all departments and personnel.

2.   Establishing and recommending to Council the adoption of a salary schedule covering the established classifications, together with a system for periodic review of salaries by department heads so that satisfactory performance may be rewarded by salary increases within the established limits for the various classifications.

3.   Determining and recommending to Council those positions which shall be placed in civil service, with the intent that positions in the City and it's departments is free from the "spoils system" so that qualified employees may be attracted to and held in these positions.

4.   Serving as the employment department for the City and all requests for personnel is handled through this department.  It is it's function to receive all applications for these positions, screen the applicants for proper qualification, and recommend to the various department heads those whom it deems qualified.