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County board of DD superintendent resigns in surprise move

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    Annette Davis-Kramp

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GRANGER TWP. — Annette Davis-Kramp, superintendent of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, resigned at the board meeting Monday.

Davis-Kramp had been with the board for 27 years and has been superintendent since March 2014. Her resignation surprised some at the meeting.

“It was not an agenda item,” board spokeswoman Patti Hetkey said.

Davis-Kramp said in an email she wasn’t available for comment Tuesday. In her resignation letter, she told the board that her “love for the individuals we serve, their family members and staff will always remain in my heart.”

The board reportedly will pay Davis-Kramp through April. She is officially listed as “on leave.” Davis-Kramp, whose contract was set to expire Dec. 31, makes about $114,000 a year.

Davis-Kramp previously said she didn’t expect the board to act on her contract until it filled the two vacant spots on the board. However, the board was informed by the prosecutor’s office prior to the meeting that it needed just four board members to have a quorum if it wished to take action.

At the end of the meeting, Davis-Kramp’s resignation letter was read. Board members Wayne Carroll, Lisa Morrison and Elaine Orlandi voted to accept her resignation, while Susan Barnes Brown and Board President Sandra Thomas-Fain were opposed.

Thomas-Fain told the Gazette on Sept. 15 that the board was behind Davis-Kramp and that it was going to work on her new contract once her evaluation was complete.

“That was the intent going into the meeting,” Hetkey said. “Annette presented the letter to the board. They never got to the point of offering her a contract.”

Filling the position

Jon Bluebond, the board’s director of business, has been named interim superintendent. He has spent his entire 40-year career working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

He first joined the board’s staff as the community services director in 2003. Prior to that, he worked as the finance director at Blick Clinic in Akron for 25 years.

Bluebond has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in business from the University of Akron.

No plan has been formulated yet on hiring Davis-Kramp’s replacement. Hetkey said the board doesn’t want to rush into filling the position.

“The board will be placing an emphasis on the stability of the agency to allow the replacement search and transition to a new administration to go smoothly,” Hetkey said. “The board has confidence in Mr. Bluebond in being a great interim (superintendent).”

Medina County Probate and Juvenile Judge Kevin W. Dunn will appoint the final two board members. He is still interviewing candidates.

Thomas-Fain said she appreciated Davis-Kramp’s dedication and hard work.

“We will miss her passion in making sure people in Medina County with developmental disabilities received the best services and support possible,” she said. “We will also miss her leadership, which helped the board address many new state and federal mandates.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.  



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