WADSWORTH: After 10 years as the city’s service director, Chris Easton has announced he will retire this summer.
Easton became service director in 2004 when Bill Lyren retired. Lyren had served in post since 1966.
Since the position is a mayoral appointment, Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh told council members she wants to appoint Assistant Service Director Harry Stark to the director’s position.
However, Laubaugh told the council members Stark does not live in the city and explained it would be a hardship for him to move into the city.
The city statute concerning the service director’s position includes a residency requirement.
Laubaugh has asked the council to adopt an ordinance waiving the residency requirement.
According to Laubaugh, Stark has done a tremendous job as the assistant director and has not been hampered by his not living in the city.
Prior to becoming service director, Easton was assistant service director for five years and planning and economic development director for 15 years before that.
Easton holds a degree in environmental science from Ohio University and a master’s in urban studies from the University of Akron.
“I will be looking for another opportunity,” Easton noted. He said working for the city has been a “fantastic opportunity and a privilege.”
The service director oversees nearly 180 employees in the electric, sewer, sanitation, water, streets, engineering, planning, telecommunications, Wadsworth Community Television and Soprema Senior Center departments.