By Jeff Gallatin
City officials are reviewing their options after building commissioner James McReynolds resigned to take a job with the city of Eastlake.
Mayor Kevin Kennedy, human resources Director Cheryl Farver and planning and development Director Kim Wenger met Friday to discuss how to replace McReynolds, whose last day was July 31. McReynolds started with the city as an inspector in February 2012 and became building commissioner in October, replacing Dale Mitchell, who had developed health problems. Jeffrey Grusenmeyer has been appointed interim building commissioner.
McReynolds said his new job with Eastlake is closer to his East Side home.
“It will be a lot shorter commute for me,” he said. “I drove about 50 minutes every day to come here.”
McReynolds said he enjoyed his time in North Olmsted and wished the city well.
Kennedy said he understands McReynolds’ move.
“That’s a lot of time to be on the road to and from work,” Kennedy said. “Add that up over a year or two, and it’s a lot of time out of your life.”
Kennedy said McReynolds was a good employee.
“He did good work for the city and we really appreciated it, because we have a lot going on in the city,” Kennedy said. “We’ll miss him and are reviewing our options as to how to best replace him.”
Kennedy said the loss of McReynolds won’t stop building department inspections and other work from continuing to move forward, noting the city has veteran employees in the department.
“It’s summer, we’re busy in the city and there’s a lot going on,” he said. “The staff will continue doing all the different work.”
Kennedy said the city doesn’t have a specific timetable for replacing McReynolds, saying it will depend upon what it decides to do for permanently taking care of his responsibilities.
“We want find the best possible option,” Kennedy said.
Wenger said the city will handle the transition to someone new.
“We continue to search for candidates and explore options for the organization of the building department during this time of transition,” Wenger said. “In the meantime, I have every confidence in our interim building commissioner, Jeffrey Grusenmeyer, who has served the city well for a decade as our plans examiner. Few people know our community and our staff as well as Jeff and could step in seamlessly.”