Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pay approval, residency waiver sought for new Health Commissioner

Following is a letter from the Norwood Health Department's Interim Health Commissioner Frank Perrino, M.D. that appears on the agenda for tomorrow’s City Council meeting. Even though the letter is a public document, we have redacted the starting pay the Norwood Health Board proposes for Ms. Walker-Bauer.

March 20, 2009

Dear Jane and members of City Council:

At their regular meeting on March 9, 2009, the Norwood Board of Health again interviewed three candidates for the position of Health Commissioner. Each of the three candidates had their own strengths, but ultimately the board decided to offer the position to Pamela Walker-Bauer. As you can see from the attached resume, Ms. Walker-Bauer is a registered sanitarian and has a Maters in Public Health as well as a Masters of Business Administration. She also has experience in epidemiology and led the Butler County team of public health preparedness staff for 5 years. We believe that Ms. Walker-Bauer will make an excellent addition to our Norwood Health Department staff.

Because of her education and experience, we are requesting that Norwood City Council approve a starting pay rate of (redacted) per year, less than $4,000 above the starting pay scale for a health commissioner with a degree. Because Ms. Walker-Bauer has children who are enrolled in Fairfield Schools and because of the ongoing housing slump, we are also requesting that Norwood City Council waive the residency requirement for this position per Section 159.04(f) of the Norwood Codified Ordinances which states: “Any position of employment which because of special expertise cannot be filled by a Norwood resident, or a person moving to Norwood, maybe filled by a non-resident only upon application to Council by the requesting department head and such appointment is predicated upon Council’s express authorization.”

Members of the Norwood Board of Health will be on hand at the March 24th meeting to answer any questions you may have about Pamela Walker-Bauer and our requests for salary and residency waiver. Thank you in advance for your positive consideration of these matters.


Frank D. Perrino, MD
Interim Health Commissioner

Click here for highlights from Pamela Walker-Bauer’s resume.