Planning/economic development director terminated

by Mike Lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro — Jeff Pritchard, the city’s director of planning and economic development, has been terminated by the city in the wake of the passage of a charter amendment in November that requires the city split his job into two positions.

Pritchard said his last day on the job will be Dec. 21. He said he was given a letter of termination Dec. 7 by Mayor Glenn Broska, Law Director David Maistros and Human Resources Director Clay Morris.

“That caught me off guard,” Pritchard said. “I do have an opportunity to apply for either of the positions, but it is my understanding there is not enough Council support to bring me back on board.”

City Council has final approval of any hires to the two positions, according to Broska.

Pritchard said he does not plan to reapply for either of the jobs.

Broska said Pritchard was terminated “because of the charter change,” and the decision was not based on his job performance.

“The charter change eliminated his position as it currently stands,” Broska said. “We were obligated under the charter change to let him go. He is welcome to reapply, but I don’t know how successful that would be.”

“Jeff has done a good job for the city, better than what people give him credit for,” Broska said.

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  • This is an outrage. I did not vote for the charter change because I worried about this & then I reassured others who eventually voted for it that his job would not be at risk. Why is it there is not enough support in council? There is support amongst the people. I heard that every time but once. Jeff did a fine job. We were told there would be another person appointed, not that Jeff would be removed.