Sheffield Lake

Sheffield Lake Safety/

Service Director Joe Arendt submitted his letter of resignation as the city’s Service Director to Mayor John Piskura on Friday. Arendt, who served as Sheffield Lake’s first safety/service director since November 2008, will retain his part-time job as the city’s safety director.

On Monday, Arendt returned to his previous position with the city of Lorain as deputy safety/service director, a job he held from December 2006 (under former Lorain Mayor Craig Foltin and an interim mayor, the late John Romoser) until February 2008. Arendt stayed on that job through the transition period to Mayor Tony Krasienko’s administration. Krasienko said he offered Arendt his old job because of his familiarity with Lorain, City Hall and the job after Deputy Safety/Service Director Chase Ritenauer resigned to become director of public service in North Olmsted.

Arendt will earn $50,000 annually in Lorain, a $10,000 savings for the city, as Ritenauer’s salary was $60,000, because Arendt “understands the financial situation of the city.” Arendt’s work history was in finance before his first stint as Lorain’s deputy safety/service director. Arendt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently working on his master’s degree.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work for the city that I live in,” Arendt said Friday.

He is taking a nearly $6,600 annual pay cut to work full time in Lorain and part time in Sheffield Lake. Arendt’s annual salary as Sheffield Lake’s full-time service director was $56,596.80; his part-time job as safety director pays $283.57 per month, or $3,402.84 per year.

“It’s going to be hard to fill Joe’s shoes,” Piskura said of trying to find a replacement for Arendt as service director. “Joe was a great employee. We gave him some really big projects, and he always got the job done in a timely manner.”

Contact John Edwards at news@2presspapers.com

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