Tracy Colston named interim Port Clinton service director

Jan 3, 2020 | Featured | 0 comments

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Mayor Mike Snider swears in Tracy Colston at Port Clinton City Hall as the interim safety-service director. Snider has assembled a six-member search committee to find a permanent replacement for Olen Martin, who resigned recently to accept a federal assignment in international counter terrorism

Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider named former safety-service director Tracy Colston to serve as interim safety-service director on Wednesday and has assembled a six-member search committee to find a replacement for Olen Martin, who is leaving to accept a federal assignment in international counter terrorism.

That may sound confusing, since five men had been named to the post over the last few years. The job was a revolving door under former Mayor Hugh Wheeler, who removed Trevor Johnson, Tracy Colston and Martin from the job before resigning himself last March. Wheeler was being investigated at the time by the Ohio Attorney General’s office for making threats against city employees.

During his 27 months in office, Wheeler had four safety-service directors. Colston served about six years and is now Port Clinton’s director of Parks and Recreation and Cemeteries. Johnson served eight months and is now director of the DART Program in Ottawa County. Donald Waggoner of Bellevue lasted only a few days before Wheeler resigned in March 2019. Martin, who was reappointed to the job by Snider, then a newly-appointed mayor. Snider was recently elected to a full term as mayor.

The city’s search committee will consist of Lisa Monak, City Tax Commissioner; Julie Frattaroli, City Water Department Supervisor; David Bacak, Waste Water Department Supervisor; Nikki Adams, president of Main Street Port Clinton and the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Jim Lehman of St. John Lutheran Church; and Mayor Snider.

Resumes will be accepted until noon on Friday, Jan. 31. Resumes may be mailed to Port Clinton City Hall, 1868 E. Perry St., Port Clinton 43452 or emailed to: Job duties and qualifications have been posted on the city’s website at:

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