WINTERSVILLE - Three weeks after Mark McVey of Powhatan Point was named executive director of the Jefferson-Belmont Solid Waste Authority, the JB Green Team board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. today to find a new executive director.
According to an e-mail from board Chairwoman Ginny Favede, "Mr. McVey has declined the position as executive director. We are holding an emergency meeting to allow the board of directors to decide how to proceed. The board must decide as to whether to offer the position to the second-ranked candidate from the interviews held in February or to advertise again."
McVey could not be reached for comment today.
The board had met for nearly an hour in an executive session on March 12 and publicly voted 8 to 4 in favor of McVey. Two trustees had abstained from voting.
Favede said at the March 12 regular meeting the trustees narrowed the final list to two candidates, "based on ratings from the interviews."
The board met in executive session a second time that night for 20 minutes before offering McVey a one-year $60,000 contract with a job performance review after six months.
McVey, a member of the board of trustees, had served as part-time interim executive director of the JB Green Team since December when former Executive Director Jack Cera resigned the post after he was appointed as state representative of the Ohio 95th district.
"I am excited and prepared to move forward in the executive director's job and look forward to working with the staff and the board of trustees," McVey said following his selection.
McVey is the mayor of Powhatan Point and is a long-time postal service worker.
"I would like to give a three-week notice to my employer. That would allow me to leave the postal service on April 6 and assume my new duties on April 9," McVey told the board at the March 12 meeting.
Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile was one of the four trustees who voted against McVey's appointment.
He indicated at Thursday's Jefferson County Commissioners meeting the most-qualified candidate should be hired for the position.
Gentile said the board advertised the job with certain educational and employment requirements, which he said were overlooked because of "outside political pressure."
Gentile said Jefferson County needs to consider its future in the organization if such practices continue.