Oak Harbor’s superintendent of public power is leaving for a new job in Genoa.
The appointment of Barry Reau’s was unanimously approved Monday during the regular meeting of Genoa Village Council, according to village administrator Kevin Gladden.
Reau will join the public utilities staff of Genoa, which currently consists of five full-time employees and one part-time employee. His starting wage is $19 per hour as a general laborer.
Gladden said one of the staffers is retiring in March and the search has been on to replace him.
The overlap time will be used to allow Reau to get familiar with the job and, yet, keep the team running smoothly without being a man down, Gladden explained.
“We were lucky to get him,” Gladden said. “Barry comes with a lot of experience. He also has a water operator’s license.”
Reau tendered his resignation with the village of Oak Harbor on Nov. 11. His last day on the job is Friday. He starts employment with Genoa on Monday.
An attempt to reach Reau was unsuccessful.
Oak Harbor Mayor Bill Eberle said in Reau’s resignation letter he stated his primary reason for leaving was because of “recent personnel changes made in his department.”
Reau, who has worked for Oak Harbor more than a decade, earned $24.36 per hour, according to village fiscal clerk Debbie Carpenter.
According to the village website, he oversees the three full-time employees in the electric department. Some of the duties of the department are setting poles, hanging transformers, hooking up new services, street light repair and reading some meters. The department is involved in supplying power for major events including the July 4th celebration, the Apple Festival, and Christmas lights and decorations.
The department also is involved in a mutual aid program that allows the village to send or receive assistance from surrounding communities during serious outages.
Eberle recently noted at a council meeting that AMP-Ohio sent a letter of commendation for the Oak Harbor crews’ assistance during a power problem in Bowling Green.