Disabilities board extends superintendent’s contract

LISBON — Following a lengthy closed door meeting among the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) on Wednesday, the board approved contributing more toward Superintendent Bill Devon’s state retirement plan and extending his contract by eight months.

Devon is set to retire in four years and his original contract expired in April, 2021. The extension will mean his contract will now expire in December of 2021.

Devon said after the meeting that he requested the contract extension because it was better for him financially to leave at the end of the year. He had also asked the board to consider contributing more toward the Ohio Employee Retirement System (OPERS) pickup.

The board was already contributing 3 percent toward his OPERS and agreed on Wednesday to increase that to 5 percent beginning on Jan. 1, 2018 and remaining through 2021.

Devon has served as superintendent since 2006 and is currently earning a yearly salary of $105,534.

The approval was given after the board met in executive session for an hour and 15 minutes to discuss the change. Devon was in the session for a portion of the time, with the remainder of the session among the board before reconvening in regular meeting.

The board also approved separate legislation allowing Devon’s annual OPERS plan for accrued unused vacation time to be considered earnable salary that is pensionable under state law during the current year.

Both pieces of legislation passed the board with all in favor by a 5-0 vote, except for Jean Duck and Peg Leone, who were absent from the meeting.

In other business, the board approved:

— Appointing Devon to serve as delegate for the annual Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities convention for Nov. 29.

— Authorizing Devon to enter into a real property lease with Sunray of Life for the use of space and equipment in a portion of the Central Building for $1,500 a month.

— Authorizing a one-time payout of accrued vacation leave to employee Phil Carter, production manager, at 50 percent of the excess leave on record in the amount of $9,396, to be paid on Dec. 15, and eliminating all excess leave on record.

It was announced that the annual strategic plan will be on display in the board office for comments on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The next regular meeting was set for 4 p.m. Dec. 18.