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Tallmadge resident Andrea Kidder has been tapped to serve as the city's Community Development/Communications Manager. She replaces Pat Sauner, who retired May 31 after 32 years with the city. Sauner's position was part-time but Kidder has been hired in a full-time capacity. Mayor David Kline says the job responsibilities have been expanded to include communications as well.
"Tallmadge has a rich history," Kidder says, "and I want to build upon that history by continuing to move our community forward."
Kidder possesses a bachelor's degree in in business and organizational communications and a master's degree in public administration. She was previously employed by Summit County, where she worked for the county executive's office, first as a senior employment counselor, then as assistant to the director of Community and Economic Development and finally as a supervisor in the Building Standards Division.
Kidder officially joined the city of Tallmadge on May 15; she earns an annual salary of $66,560. In her new role, Kidder will develop and maintain the community development program, assist with long-term planning and communications and write grant applications. "I will coordinate community projects such as the Minor Home Repair Program, the COOL Project, the Farmer's Market, and the Community Gardens," she says.
Kidder is the treasurer of the Dunbar PTA, a member of the Citizens for Tallmadge Schools, a precinct committee person in her neighborhood and a Little League T-Ball coach.
"I moved to Tallmadge two years ago and immediately became involved in various community organizations," Kidder says. "I have found that Tallmadge is the perfect fit for me and my family, and the opportunity to work for the City was the final piece that made it all complete."
Sauner was hired as an economic developer in a full-time capacity in 1985. He retired in 2010 when the city offered a him a buy-out package, then was rehired on a part-time basis for the same position, which underwent a name change. Sauner earned $33.59 per hour.
"I have enjoyed working for the city of Tallmadge and have found the people here to be extremely helpful and friendly," Sauner wrote in a letter to the mayor expressing his intention to retire. "I have appreciated the opportunity to work with you [Kline] as the service director and as the mayor of the city."
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