Maple Heights, OH

Shirley Merritt was Appointed to Civil Service Commissioner by Mayor Annette Blackwell, Maple Heights

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Shirley Merritt Maple Heights, OH. Civil Service CommissionerThe Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

Maple Heights, OH. - Friday, February 11, 2022, the city of Maple Heights Mayor Annette M. Blackwell welcomed Shirley Merritt to the Civil Service Commission. "It's an honor to be appointed by the Mayor. I am looking forward to working with this administration," said Merritt.

Merritt's family and friends attended the swear-in ceremony in a packed-filled room. Mayor Blackwell administered the oath of office as Merritt raised her right hand to serve. Blackwell stated, "I have been watching Shirley. Merritt is a dedicated servant. Last year she ran for an elected position, and when it got hard, she did not give up. Merritt brought grace to the race. I will continue to add people to our team who want to help our city move forward." In 2021, Merritt campaigned for the position of District 5 councilwoman, and she lost by one vote.

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Mayor Annette M Blackwell, Maple Heights Swear-in Shirley MerrittThe Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

A host of family and friends joined Merritt for this event, including Councilwoman Dana Anderson (D4), Councilman, Pro-tem Richard Trojanski (D6), and the Civil Service Commission Chairwoman, Linda Smith-Peterson.

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Shirley Merritt and Family Maple Heights Swear-In CeremonyThe Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

Frank Consolo, Maple Heights Law Director, was present to speak about the duties of the commissioners. Mr. Consolo stated that the responsibilities of the civil service commission are to vet qualified candidates. Although this is a non-paying position, the commission has a lot of responsibilities. The commission is also responsible for working with the Mayor and the City's Safety Director. The commission is responsible for adopting rules for examinations, promotions, transfers, demotions, discharges, and suspensions. They must also administer tests to determine the qualifications of individuals seeking employment and establish a list for various classes of positions in seniority order.

Shirley Merritt is a retired professional from the Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services. She served as a supervisor for thirty years.

Resident Herbert Wilborn of District 4 was also sworn-in.

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