Long­time eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cial leav­ing

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Betsy Scott bscott@news-her­ald.com @re­porter­betsy on Twit­ter

Men­tor is los­ing ar­guably its great­est cheer­leader.

Ron­ald M. Traub, 67, is re­tir­ing no later than late July af­ter nearly 30 years lead­ing the Eco­nomic & Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment.

He will be re­lo­cat­ing to the Chicago area to be near fam­ily. He re­cently shared his rea­sons with col­leagues via email.

“As the (city) man­ager knew, there would be only three rea­sons I would choose to leave: One, (wife) Su­san’s or my health; two, one of our kids would move to Chicago; or three, Ken would call me into his of­fice and say, ‘Thank-you for your ser­vice to the City.’ For­tu­nately, it is rea­son two as our son, his wife and ‘baby bear’ are mak­ing their home in Chicago,” he wrote.

“To say it’s been an honor to serve as the di­rec­tor for 29 years would be an un­der­state­ment. I’ve looked for­ward to almost ev­ery day, cu­ri­ous what new op­por­tu­nity or prob­lem we would face. Per­haps that’s why when peo­ple would in­quire how I was, I’d re­ply, ‘It’s a great day in the city of Men­tor.’“

Long­time Coun­cil­man at large Ray Kirch­ner re­flected on the news.

“We came on board at (about) the same time and we served on the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion 12 years to­gether … and we’ve had a great re­la­tion­ship in the 28 years I’ve been in pub­lic ser­vice — watch­ing our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment grow year af­ter year with Ron at the helm,” Kirch­ner said. “He’s go­ing to leave a deep void and big shoes to fill, but I’m con­fi­dent we’ll get some­one to con­tinue the great job he’s done.”

Traub agreed, an­tic­i­pat­ing such sen­ti­ments in his farewell.

“You may be in­clined to tell me how dif­fi­cult it will be to ‘fill my shoes,’ ” he wrote. “To the con­trary, it gives the de­part­ment, the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the city an op­por­tu­nity ‘to go where no man has gone be­fore.’ (Apolo­gies, I’m a ‘Star Trek’ fan.)”

He ex­pressed grat­i­tude and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for co­work­ers, and said much re­mains to be done.

City Man­ager Ken Filip­iak said the ad­min­is­tra­tion is look­ing to iden­tify some can­di­dates for the po­si­tion and at re­struc­tur­ing the de­part­ment be­fore open­ing up the job op­por­tu­nity.

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