Following through on their stated goal to save city employees’ jobs, the Niagara Falls
City Council has filled the position of retiring Council Secretary Geri Mondi from within. The council selected current City Tourism Manager Kevin Ormsby to replace Mondi from a field of six applicants.
Council Chairman Sam Fruscione stated that “Geri was a great secretary and she left big shoes to fill. I think Kevin is definitely up to the task. ”
A concerted effort was taken by the Council to attempt to make sure Mondi’s replacement would be selected by consensus among the body.
Each council member had the opportunity to sit in interviews with the candidates.
“Once we had all the information necessary to make our choice, each member was given a ballot and we selected the candidate with the most votes,” said Fruscione.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster eliminated Ormsby’s position in his 2013 proposed budget because of severe budget constraints tied to the lack of casino payments from the Seneca Gaming Corporation as result of the ongoing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation of Indians.
In his new position, Ormsby will be responsible for taking care of “day to day office duties, writing press releases, drafting resolutions, fielding complaints and overseeing payroll,” said Fruscione.
Ormsby, a cancer survivor and author of numerous essays documenting his experience with the disease, had been a long-time county tourism official prior to working for the City of Niagara Falls. He is currently a member of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board.