With the new year, the City of Willard will be looking for a new city manager.

Members of Willard City council have accepted the resignation of James Pomerich from that position. He will be returning to his previous position as the public works director.

Pomerich said he will continue as city manager until a replacement is hired. Once he steps down, his pay rate will be at the level it was when he was the public works director.

Council members accepted his resignation with regret.

“I wanted to thank council for entrusting me with this position,” Pomerich said. “The level of support and backing council provided during these difficult times was beyond what I had expected. This was a real privilege serving under council’s direction, and I was grateful for the opportunity.”

Pomerich gave an update of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affecting the City of Willard. Huron County remains at the Red level with very high exposure. The county currently meets four of the seven indicators.

In his report, Pomerich said the fire department is returning to full staffing. The police department was down by two employees due to positive COVID tests.

“One of those employees will be returning to work this week,” Pomerich explained. “The other is just starting their quarantine.

“The next wave of vaccines is going out next week and will include first responders,” he added. “We have 12 EMS persons that will be receiving that vaccine. This vaccine is just available to EMS and not our fire employees.

“Seven employees within the police department have requested the vaccine,” Pomerich noted. “We are waiting to hear when they should expect to receive it.”

Pomerich also pointed out that Governor Mike DeWine’s mask mandate issued on July 23 is still in effect.

Mark Matula and Ashley Daub were appointed to the Personnel Merit Board. They will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2021.

Ken Steinmetz was reappointed to the City Development Commission. He will serve a four-year term in that position.

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