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Salvino to leave council for housing inspector job

SALEM — Councilman Sal Salvino confirmed Thursday that he’ll be resigning from city council sometime before he begins working as the city’s new full-time Director of Housing/Housing Inspector.

With his first day on the job scheduled for March 22, it’s likely his last meeting as a Salem At Large Councilman will be March 16.

“I thank the citizens who have helped me, who offered advice and feedback,” he said.

Salvino had wanted to stay on, but if he couldn’t, he accepted that. Mayor John Berlin had requested an opinion from city Law Director Brooke Zellers on whether Salvino could remain on council or whether there would be a conflict as a full-time city employee.

Zellers had not given his opinion yet and was still researching the issue, but Berlin said Thursday he thought more abaout the potential conflicts that could come up and spoke with Salvino about stepping down from council, which Salvino decided he’ll do.

He didn’t have a date for when he’ll turn in his resignation. Berlin said since Salvino ran in 2017 as an Independent, his unexpired term will have to be filled by city council once the seat becomes vacant. His term expires Dec. 31 this year.

Salvino had already filed petitions as a Republican to run for a second term on council, so the Board of Elections will have to determine what happens there.

Salvino was just appointed to the newly-created full-time housing spot Wednesday by the Salem City Health District Board. Housing will be moving under the health department’s jurisdiction. He’s resigning from his current full-time job as manager of the Salem Bob Evans Restaurant.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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