North Syracuse codes enforcement officer terminated

Village of North Syracuse Codes Enforcement Officer Ronald Dean was terminated last Friday Feb. 19 after serving in the position for eight weeks.

"It just didn't work out," said Diane Browning, North Syracuse Village mayor. "I think it's for the good of the community."

Browning said the all four village trustees supported this decision.

At the time of his termination, Browning said she did not have to give a formal reason for the action because Dean was still under Civil Service probation that last between 8 and 52 weeks.

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.

He was recommended for the position by John Heindorf, former village mayor.

Heindorf asked for a vote to hire him full-time for two years during a village board meeting held Dec. 22, 2009. It was approved with a 3-2 vote. Browning and Trustee Chuck Henry were opposed.

Browning said the village of North Syracuse is much different from the places Dean has worked in the past.

"We need to think of the village and the people of the village," Browning said. "We need to move on."

While the village begins a new search for a codes officer, the town of Cicero will assist with any needs of the village, Browning said.

"We will look at previous candidates and review the Civil Service list," Browning said.

North Syracuse Village trustees will also assist in the interviewing process as they have in the previous search.

"It's a very important job," Browning said. "The person needs to be able to work with the public."

Although it's not legally necessary, the mayor said she and the village board will officially announce the change in village personnel during tomorrow night's board meeting.

The next village board meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 25 at the Community Center.

Ronald Dean pictured above. Star-Review file photo

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