Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Former manager joins developer

He'll consult on setting up computer program

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Less than a year after leaving government, former City Manager Richard Hayward has embarked on a new job with a powerful Warren County developer.

        At the beginning of May, Mr. Hayward began a six-month stint as a consultant, setting up a property-management computer program for Henkle-Schueler, he said. Before that, he worked in retailing for a while.

        “I'm thrilled that we could find somebody with the expertise to install the pro gram,” developer Mike Schueler said.

        Mr. Hayward was Lebanon's city manager for a dozen years before he was pressured into resigning in November 1998. He left city government May 31, 1999. Among his lega cies is the telecommunications system he persuaded City Council to build.

        City and state laws require former employees to wait a year before taking a job with a company that has done work not awarded through competitive bidding, City Attorney Mark Yurick said.

        Mr. Hayward officially left city government May 31, 1999, but he said all con tracts were bid when he was with the city. He said he went on sick leave in January 1999 and never returned to work. Mr. Hayward, 47, and his wife still live in Lebanon.

        Both Mr. Yurick and Acting City Auditor Sharee Dick said Monday they did not know whether Henkle-Schueler had any noncompetitive contracts.

        Coincidentally, C. Ed Pat terson — former vice president of Henkle-Schueler's industrial development arm, Bunnell Hill — was interim city manager the first half of 1999. When City Manager James Patrick started in July, Mr. Patterson became deputy city manager until that position was eliminated in budget cuts in December.


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