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Town Topics: January 18th, 2020

Posted on January 18, 2020 at 4:25 PM by Laura Oldham

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Town Topics

January 18th, 2020


City opens Fire Chief Search as Chief Shaner transitions into retirement

The leader of Grandview Heights Division of Fire for the last decade has announced his retirement, prompting the City to launch a search for its next Fire Chief.

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Chief Steve Shaner plans to leave the Grandview Heights Division of Fire by mid-February after spending 31 years serving residents in our urban community, Marble Cliff, and nearby central Ohio neighborhoods through mutual aid pacts. The Hilliard resident first came to our community in September 1988 as a firefighter/paramedic after serving full time for the Truro Township Fire Department in eastern Franklin County and as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic in his home town of New Lexington in eastern Ohio. He became a shift captain in Grandview in August 1993 and Fire Chief in August 2009. He currently oversees 18 personnel in the Division of Fire and remains active as a trainer/educator through various regional venues in firefighting, EMT and paramedic techniques.

Chief Shaner also has served in the semi-official role of in-house information technology (IT) consultant for the City. That role began in the 1990s when the fire division bought its first two computers as a more efficient way to analyze statistics of its firefighting, rescue and emergency medical treatment runs as well as to improve general recordkeeping for the Fire Division. The consulting / troubleshooting role “evolved” from there, Chief Shaner said, as he learned about the ins and outs of office computers and network security through experience and troubleshooting issues as they cropped up.  His initiative and drive to be proactive in securing our data, his willingness to serve staff across departments, and his dedication to enhancing the customer experience are truly commendable.  

As discussed last week, Chief Shaner’s decision to retire is an opportunity to upgrade the City’s IT capacity by contracting with Mr. Brian Lee of Daetec, Ltd. Mr. Lee is an IT consultant and retired as a Columbus Division of Police Officer, and has assisted the Grandview Heights Division of Police on IT and telecommunication matters. The City is currently evaluating how this important function can be addressed for this year and beyond, as part of our strategic initiatives to leverage technology and innovate in providing the highest quality of services possible to our residents. 

To facilitate the selection of a new chief, the City has contracted with the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA) to cast a wide net in the search for the best possible candidate to lead the Fire Division. 

The City expresses heartfelt appreciation to Chief Shaner for the high level of professionalism and selflessness Chief Shaner has demonstrated in leading the Division of Fire and serving the public for all of these years.

Brian Cook returns to City service as Cincione elected to lead Marble Cliff

The election of former Mayor’s Court Magistrate Matt Cincione as the mayor of Marble Cliff led to Mayor Kearns’s appointment of Brian Cook to head the court as magistrate.

Cook has an impressive history of public service in Grandview Heights and the State of Ohio. He served as our city attorney from December 1988 to December 1996 and then as an Ohio assistant attorney general in various divisions through January 2007. Cook also served on the Grandview Heights City School District’s Board of Education from 1998 until he moved out of the district in June 2003. He served as deputy chief legal counsel for then-Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor from January 2009 to January 2011, then as chief legal counsel for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency from January 2011 until September 2013, when he went back into private practice concentrating in the areas of elder law and estate planning and retirement planning as he cared for his newborn daughter. Cook has also served as mayor’s court magistrate for the cities of Hilliard and Reynoldsburg.

Mayor’s court in Grandview Heights takes place on Tuesday afternoons twice per month with license suspension appeals hearings held when needed on the other Tuesdays. Mayor’s court has jurisdiction over minor legal offenses such as traffic violations, simple assault, theft and criminal damaging and misdemeanor drug offenses as well as first-time OVI cases. Defendants may elect to proceed to Franklin County municipal court downtown instead of Mayor’s court, if desired.

We welcome back Magistrate Cook to the City to handle this community-level judicial process. The City extends a warm thank you to Mayor Cincione for his long service to our community and looks forward to his continued leadership in the Village of Marble Cliff.