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Mary Siwierka, Safety/Service Director

Siwierka is a lifelong resident of Elyria and is and accomplished manager with significant experience in public and private sector environments. She is a graduate of Elyria Catholic High School, Lorain County Community College and Cum Laude graduate from Tiffin University with Organizational Management Business degree. In 2008, while working as a Senior Regional Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic, she was selected to participate in the inaugural advanced leadership development program “Leadership Deep Dive” at The Weatherhead School (Case Western Reserve University).

Siwierka (nee Pronesti) has a long history of public service and began working for Elyria City government in 1974. She worked in many areas including payroll, accounting, utility billing, engineering and was the office manager for the Mayor’s office from 1985 to 1999.  During her early municipal tenure, Siwierka was a member and officer for A.F.S.C.M.E Local 277. She has experience on both sides of the negotiation table and a comprehensive understanding of city services and finances. Her professional career also includes 12 years of progressive responsibility managing facilities, personnel, and projects for the Cleveland Clinic both regionally and at the main campus.

​Mary strongly believes in volunteerism and service to community. She was elected in 2009 to Elyria City Council and served one term as at-large member. During this service she chaired the Public Safety Committee and was a member of the Utilities Committee. She has also served as a member, and Chair, of Elyria’s Civil Service Commission.

​She currently volunteers as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Red Cross, Lorain County Chapter. She has volunteered countless community hours while serving on the Board of Elyria Public Library; the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Board; the Elyria Child Care and Learning Center Trustee; and The Linden School.

​​Siwierka and her husband Gary have been married for 35 years and have one adult son; Evan. Gary and Mary enjoy traveling and have cruised to Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Mary enjoys gardening and sewing. She is most of proud of being a mom and a contributing member of her community.

 

Assistant Safety Service Director
Appointment: Bruce R. Shade

Bruce R. Shade, current chairperson of the Ohio Emergency Medical Service Board, and former Assistant Director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland under former Mayor Jane Campbell, is Elyria’s Assistant Safety Service Director with oversight for public safety, health, and special projects.

Considered an emergency medical service (EMS) expert, Mr. Shade has authored over 40 EMS educational and training articles, videos and textbooks and has served in volunteer board or visiting committee leadership roles in 10 regional and national health and EMS-related professional organizations.

Mr. Shade brings over 41 years of public safety experience in Northeast Ohio, with a long career that began in Cleveland in 1975, where he started as a paramedic.  In 1986 he was promoted to Commissioner of Emergency Medical Service and served in that capacity for 14 years, overseeing a $16.5 million budget and a 320-member employee workforce that responded to 80,000 calls annually.  In 2001 he was promoted again to Assistant Director of Public Safety, where he oversaw the development of the City’s Emergency Operation Center, Homeland Security Planning, and many other safety-related grants and projects.

He retired from the City of Cleveland in 2006, but continued in his professional capacity as a consultant specializing in homeland security planning and training exercises for local and regional governments.  Mr. Shade is an adjunct instructor of EMS at Cuyahoga Community College where he received an associate degree, and currently serves as a part-time firefighter and paramedic in his hometown of Willoughby and Director of Fleet, Facilities and Support Services of Operations for Community Care Ambulance.

 

Assistant Safety Service Director
Focus: Human Resources/Risk Management
Appointment: Mr. Richard Jackson IPMA-CP, SPHR
(440)326-1404

Mr. Jackson has strong experience with managing the entire Human Resource function.  He has managed relationships within union environments and also within non-union environments in both the public and private sectors.  His experience in that area includes providing day-to-day administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, including grievance hearings at all steps, arbitration, and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

His background consists of management and hands-on experience with strategic and transactional HR leadership, experience in business strategy, change management, organizational development and initiatives, employee relations, talent management and recruitment, induction and retention of employees, experience as a benefit plan fiduciary ,workers compensation administration, coaching and counseling all levels of personnel, benefits, retirement administration, compensation and wage classification.  In addition, he has much experience with employment contracts, policy administration, personnel and payroll actions, legal compliance, leave administration, health and safety, public strategy and community relations, training, green program development and various cross functional initiatives including facilities management and ISO certification.  He is certified by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the Society for Human Resources Management.

A graduate of the Ohio State University, Mr. Jackson is an OSHA certified trainer, and is experienced with Benchmarks facilitation and the Predictive Index.

Responsibilties:
Provides oversight for personnel administration, recruitment and selection, licensure and certification, employee relations, classification and compensation, labor and employment relations, collective bargaining, equal employment opportunity, employee benefits and coordination, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair labor Standards Act (FSLA) compliance, Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA) compliance, job descriptions, evaluation and performance management, human resource development, workforce planning, insurance and self-insurance monitoring, workman’s compensation, unemployment and prevailing wages co-management, and risk management programs.