Tuesday, January 02, 2001

Departure may bring change to public works procedures

Head of Hamilton division retiring

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Michael Samoviski, who began as a traffic engineer in the public works department 26 years ago, will retire as its director next month.

        Mr. Samoviski informed city officials that his last day at work will be Jan. 19.

        “This has not been an easy decision to make,” said Mr. Samoviski, who said his job has been “rewarding, both personally and professionally.”

        City Manager Steve Sorrell said Mr. Samoviski will be missed.

        “I don't want to see him go.”

        It is unclear whether someone will be hired to replace Mr. Samoviski.

        “Somebody will have to assume those duties in some manner,” Mr. Sorrell said.

        “But I'm currently looking at how is the best means for the city to fill those responsibilities.”

Others leaving
               Fire Chief Lyle Moore has also told Mr. Sorrell that he plans to retire in the spring.

        “He has told me verbally that he will be retiring March 31,” Mr. Sorrell said.

        Former longtime City Clerk Linda Landi's retirement becomes effective Feb. 28, though she was placed on paid administrative leave from Nov. 15 until Feb. 19 for unspecified reasons.

        A replacement is being sought.

        Another top city official, comptroller Dorethea Yates, is resigning to become the director of finance at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

        Her last day at work is Wednesday.

        Mr. Sorrell said Mrs. Yates' position will be filled because the state auditor's office recommends it be filled and because “we just have to have a certified public accountant in charge of our accounting section. It's imperative ... to fill that position.”


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