RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Finance Director Jim Teknipp introduced throughout Tuesday’ s (Nov. 23) Metropolis Council assembly that he can be leaving his place after 5 years on the job and retiring from his lifetime of public service.
Teknipp, 63, took over as Richmond Heights finance director as a time of monetary turmoil was about to come back to an finish. He was employed about one month after the metropolis’s voters handed a poll challenge that lowered the 100% earnings tax credit score loved by residents who labored exterior of Richmond Heights.
The discount, from 2.25 p.c to 1.25 p.c, raised a further $1 million yearly and helped the town meet its monetary obligations.
With out passage, the town was going through a deficit of $750,000 to $1 million. Passage got here three and a half years after voters authorized a .25 p.c earnings tax enhance, which had initially helped the town escape monetary difficulties.
Trying again to when he was chosen from amongst 100 candidates for the job, Teknipp mentioned, “After I was employed, voters had simply handed the discount within the earnings tax credit score, so I actually need to thank the voters, as a result of that helped get the ball rolling and acquired us again on a superb monetary observe.”
Teknipp took over from Mitchell Michalec, who had resigned in spring 2016. Filling in as interim finance director earlier than Teknipp’s hiring was Tom DiLellio.
Throughout Tuesday’s assembly, council handed laws that may once more make DiLellio interim director, efficient Nov. 27. DiLellio has been serving the previous 5 years as assistant finance director.
DiLellio will function interim director throughout a key interval, as funds pertaining to the Belle Oaks Market improvement on the previous Richmond City Sq. mall web site proceed to evolve. As well as, Ward 1 Councilwoman Kim Thomas will grow to be mayor in January and can be searching for a brand new finance director, along with filling the vacant recreation director place.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of the Metropolis of Richmond Heights administration,” Teknipp instructed council, “and over the past 5 years in serving, particularly, the constituents of the town of Richmond Heights, and serving to council with the wants they’ve had. It’s been a pleasure.”
Teknipp mentioned he believes the council and administration have labored nicely collectively and that, within the final 5 years, “we’ve come a great distance.”
“This can be a metropolis with a future look, and I’m wanting ahead to seeing this future proceed the best way it’s been going alongside,” Teknipp mentioned to council. “I want all people luck.
“I simply really feel after 36 years of doing this, the time is correct proper now (to retire). I’ve been serving folks in several native governments, and now could be the time.
“I stay up for listening to good issues about Richmond Heights,” he mentioned.
A licensed monetary planner, Teknipp has served as monetary director for Willowick, Willoughby Hills and Bedford. He has additionally served time as payroll and advantages coordinator for the Metropolis of Wickliffe. He labored for the Cleveland Heights-College Heights Library for eight years as fiscal officer and enterprise supervisor, and for 2 years with the non-profit Fairhill Companions.
Teknipp started his profession of public service at age 27 as a councilman within the village of Lakeline. He plans to spend a part of his retirement doing work for charity organizations.
“I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” Legislation Director Todd Hunt mentioned, “and I’ve interfaced and labored with a variety of finance administrators, however Jim has been among the finest I’ve labored with over my profession, and he’s been instrumental in serving to (Richmond Heights) get the place we’re at now financially.”
Additionally from Tuesday’s council assembly
— After the assembly, Thomas mentioned she plans to be sworn in as mayor Jan. 11 at a venue that’s bigger than the Metropolis Council chambers. She mentioned she’s going to announce the Richmond Heights location quickly, and invitations residents to attend.
— Police Chief Thomas Wetzel needs residents to know that the RHPD will conduct its second annual Rolling Christmas Carol from 1 to five p.m. Nov. 28. Residents ought to be looking out as adorned police cruisers tour the town’s neighborhoods whereas sounding Christmas carols.
— Hunt mentioned that Belle Oaks Market builders DealPoint Merrill final week closed on the acquisition of the previous BP fuel station web site, positioned on the northeast nook of Richmond and Wilson Mills roads. Hunt mentioned the acquisition will grow to be a part of the Belle Oaks web site, though there at the moment are not any plans to construct something there. The fuel station has been demolished and the location is cleared.
“I feel a part of it (the rationale for the acquisition) was to manage it so any person couldn’t put one thing there, akin to a fuel station,” Hunt mentioned.
— Council determined to maneuver its scheduled Dec. 28 assembly to a pre-Christmas date of Dec. 21. Council will subsequent get collectively Dec. 7 for an Audit Committee assembly at 6:45 p.m., a Planning & Zoning Committee assembly at 7:30 p.m. and a Service & Recreation Committee assembly at 8:30 p.m.
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