Summary of employment positions: Contract Administrator, Business Administrator, and Labor Relations Officer
I had a productive career in the public sector, having served in the administration of George V. Voinovich when he was elected Mayor of Cleveland, Oh., I started as a monitor of the city's compliance with federal regulations of federal programs (the City had incurred disallowed costs by the two administrations that proceeded us) and was promoted to being the Contract Administrator for the City's federal job training programs, issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP's), negotiating and drafting contracts, submitting proposed legislation to the City Council, and managing the departmental staff. I moved to being the Business Administrator of the county Board of Elections for 5 plus years, expanding my professional responsibilities to financial management, in addition to procurement. I had an enjoyable career change when I became the Labor Relations Officer for the Ohio Lottery Commission, where I served for a little over 3 years. Because I was in an "Exempt" employment position, the new Democrat administration of the State dismissed me, acting amicable about it, but I was unemployed for the next 6 plus months. The county Treasurer, a fellow Greek Orthodox Christian, offered me a position, but it was a clerk's job, with an attendant reduction in salary, compared to what I had been doing, however, it continued me in the State retirement system. Scandals in local county government brought on a "buy-out" which would pay for 3 additional years in the retirement system which gave me 30.5 years, 6 months more than I needed for full retirement. I am thus happily benefiting from a wonderful retirement pension, with a salary benefit computed based on the higher salary I'd received in earlier years.
I consider this a God given benefit, to be able to retire at the age of 56, so I devote more time to work at my church. I'm an Assistant Chanter, chanting at all the baptisms, weddings, and funerals, along with chanting at the other Divine Services of the church. I'm a Parish Council member (served last year as Secretary), serving as Co-Chairman of the Catering and Leasing Committee, and the Stewardship Committee. I was recently appointed to write a summary history of our parish, for an album the mother church in our area is publishing, on the occasion of their 100th anniversary, and last week, I represented my parish at the annual Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly.
Dreams, well, being a very practical person (see above), I'm not much of a dreamer.