Northwood City Council will begin the process of looking for a new Baseball Commissioner after Paul Gercak announced he will be retiring at the end of the month.
During council’s committee of the whole meeting November 1, Bob Anderson, city administrator, suggested council hire a contract employee to fill the position.
“I want to avoid hiring another city employee,” Anderson said. “Finding [a baseball commissioner] might not be that easy.”
Councilwoman Connie Hughes agreed that hiring a contract employee was a good idea.
“Call it a stipend,” Hughes said. “Paul is working all year, but he knows the time of year he needs to do things. It is not a 12 month job.”
Gercak’s current job description will also be updated. Currently, Gercak was supposed to report to the Recreation Director, but Northwood does not have a person in that position.
Gercak has been with the city for over 30 years, Anderson said after the meeting. He was responsible for managing the city baseball and softball programs, hired umpires, kept records, and oversaw the maintenance of the facility and equipment, Anderson said.
“I think everybody is dreading his retirement,” Anderson said. “He knows who to order stuff from and what to order. He knows all of the players. Some of the kids who were in the program years ago are now coaches and parents of players. He really knows his stuff and he has been a big help to me.”
A part-time city employee, Gercak was paid $6,500 per year. The city also paid into his OPERS (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System) as well as Worker’s Compensation, Anderson said.
“I am working on the job description and will be bringing it to the next Recreation Board meeting,” he added.
Council was expected to hold a special ceremony for Gercak in appreciation for all of his years of service during its November 15 meeting.
Also at the meeting, council tabled an ordinance that would have increased the mayor’s and their salaries.
Council held the first reading of the ordinance on August 23 and the second reading on September 13. Council tabled the ordinance on its third reading at the October 11 meeting. The ordinance was again tabled October 25 and November 1.
Anderson said the measure was tabled so that all of council and the mayor can vote on it.
The increase calls for restoring 10 percent cuts to their salaries that took effect in May, 2010.
The mayor’s salary was dropped from $1,000 to $900 per month, or $10,800 per year from $12,000 per year. Council members’ salaries fell from $583.33 to $525 per month, or $6,300 per year, from $7,000 per year.
The ordinance would not go into effect until the next election.