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Village of North Syracuse hires new codes officer

The North Syracuse Village Board appointed a new codes enforcement officer according to Mayor John Heindorf's recommendation during their 4 p.m. meeting Tuesday Dec. 22.

The discussion began with talk of hiring another prospect who heard of the position from a local resident; however, this candidate has certification in Ontario County and may not be able to take a Civil Service exam after a probationary 90-day period.

Heindorf stuck to his guns through the discussion inferring that Ron Dean, of Chittenango, would be the best candidate for the village position.

"I feel he is the most qualified for the job," Heindorf said.

The mayor said he interviewed Dean twice and was impressed by his overall resume and experience that he could bring to the village.

Dean, who only recently moved back to Central New York in 2007 to be closer to family, has been in the codes enforcement business for 35 years throughout the state, and in Long Island for the longest period of time.

While the board was discussing his "over qualified resume," Dean interjected to announce that he was present at tonight's meeting. He stood up and answered questions from the board and members of the fire department that were also present.

Deputy Mayor Diane Browning said she was worried Dean was "over qualified," and that his past salary may be discouraging for the board to hire him. Dean stated that his last position had a $140,000 salary.

Dean said he would agree to serving the village for two years at $40,000 per year, as state by the board's budget for the position. After that, he said he would like to negotiate. He said he was interested in bringing a new level of code enforcement to the village even at a much lower salary.

Heindorf asked for a vote to hire him full-time at the stipulations mentioned for two years. It was approved with a 3-2 vote. Browning and Trustee Chuck Henry were opposed.

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