The mayor of a city shall be elected for a term of four years . . . [and] shall be an elector of the city (ORC 733.02). The mayor shall be the chief conservator of peace within the city. He may appoint and remove the director of public service, the director of public safety, and the heads of the sub departments of public service and public safety, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as are conferred and required by law (ORC 733.03).
The [mayor] shall perform all the duties prescribed by the bylaws and ordinances of the municipal corporation. He shall see that all ordinances, bylaws, and resolutions of the legislative authority are faithfully obeyed and enforced. He shall sign all commissions, licenses, and permits granted by such legislative authority, or authorized by Title VII of the Revised Code, and such other instruments as by law or ordinances require his certificate (ORC 733.30).
At the first regular meeting in January of each year, and at such other times as the mayor deems expedient, he shall report to the legislative authority concerning the affairs of the municipal corporation, and recommend such measures as seem proper to him (ORC 733.41).
Current Office Holder
John C. Berlin took office on January 1, 2012.
John, a retired businessman, has resided in Salem for over 30 years. A West Branch High School graduate, John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron. In 2010 he was appointed to an unexpired Councilman-at-Large seat on Salem City Council and in November of 2011 was elected to a four year term as Mayor of the City of Salem.
John and his wife Christine were married in Salem in 1972. They have two adult sons, both graduates of Salem High School.
The auditor of a city shall be elected for a term of four years . . . [and] shall be an elector of the city (ORC 733.10). The city auditor shall keep the books of the city and exhibit accurate statements of all moneys received and expended, of all property owned by the city and the income derived there from, and of all taxes and assessments (ORC 733.11).
At the end of each fiscal year the city auditor shall audit the accounts of all officers and departments (ORC 733.12). The city auditor shall not allow the amount set aside for any appropriation to be overdrawn, or the amount appropriated for one item of expense to be drawn upon for any other purpose or allow a voucher to be paid unless sufficient funds are in the treasury of the municipal corporation to the credit of the fund upon which such voucher is drawn (ORC 733.13).
Current Office Holder
Betty Brothers is the Salem Auditor.
Public Service & Safety Director
In each city there shall be a department of public service & safety which shall be administered by a director of public service & safety. The director shall be appointed by the mayor. He shall make rules and regulations for the administration of the affairs under his supervision (ORC 735.01).
The director of public service & safety shall manage and supervise all public works and undertakings of the city, except as otherwise provided by law.
The director shall supervise the improvement and repair of streets, avenues, alleys, sidewalks, drains, ditches, culverts, the lighting, sprinkling, and cleaning of public places, and the construction of public improvements and public works.
The director shall manage lighting, heating, power, garbage, and other undertakings of the city, and shall make and preserve surveys, maps, plans, drawings, and estimates. He shall supervise the construction and have charge of the maintenance of public buildings and other property of the city not otherwise provided for in Title VII. He shall have the management of all other matters provided by the legislative authority of the city in connection with the public service thereof (ORC 735.02).
As Director of Public Service and Safety, the Director is also responsible for the police and fire departments. The Police Chief and Fire Chief manage their respective departments with oversight provided by the Service and Safety Director.
The electrical division has one full-time employee on call and provides constant electrical service to all city-owned lift stations, waste water and water plants, traffic signals, and buildings.
Traffic & Safety Division
This division also has one full-time employee on call and provides constant care and monitoring of all traffic signs, barricades, and road markings.
Planning & Zoning Division
The HPZ division has one full-time employee and enforces the zoning ordinances of the city.
Housing Inspection Division
The housing inspection division has two part-time housing inspector and enforces the Salem City Housing Code.
The largest division, it has eight full-time, on-call employees; one foreman; and one full-time, on-call mechanic. The street division maintains 64 miles of paved streets, as well as 27 miles of both paved and gravel alleys; 1,200 feet of culvert; 41,580 feet of drain pipe; and 110,880 feet of storm sewer pipe.
Current Office Holder
Ken Kenst was appointed Director of Public Service in January of 2012.
Ken is a Salem native and graduate of Salem High School. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. Ken has spent his business career in Accounting, Project Management, and Human Resources.
Ken has been married to his wife Cindy since 1973, and they have two daughters, Kristen and Kimberly, both Salem High graduates.
The treasurer of a municipal corporation shall be elected for a term of four years [and] shall be an elector of the municipal corporation (ORC 733.42). The treasurer of a municipal corporation shall keep an accurate account of: (A) All moneys received by him; (B) All disbursements made by him. In addition to the ordinary duties of such treasurer, he shall have such powers and perform such duties as are required by any ordinance of the municipal corporation, not inconsistent with Title VII of the Revised Code, and not incompatible with the nature of his office (ORC 733.43).
The treasurer of a municipal corporation shall demand and receive, from the county treasurer, taxes levied and assessments made, moneys accruing to the municipal corporation, and debts due the municipal corporation. Such funds shall be disbursed by the treasurer on the order of any person authorized by law or ordinance to issue orders there for (ORC 733.44). The treasurer of a municipal corporation shall receive and disburse all funds of the municipal corporation and such other funds as arise in or belong to any department or part of the municipal corporation (ORC 733.46).
Current Office Holder
K. Bret Apple is the current Treasurer.