BOC tells two they will not renew contracts

December 6, 2018

By John Raffel

Osceola County commissioner Jack Nehmer of Marion said former Commission on Aging director Scott Schryer was at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The county previously terminated Schryer’s employment as director.

“He was asking to be reinstated or be suspended until things were looked into,” Nehmer said. “He didn’t ask for a vote. He just aired his views.”

No action was taken.

The county commissioners also did not renew the contract of county building inspector Donald LaBrenz, Nehmer said.
“We haven’t been happy,” Nehmer said. “He doesn’t seem to have been willing to bend. He’s pretty stringent. He doesn’t have latitude with any of the contractors. We’ve tried to encourage him to have get togethers in the offseason and address some of the issues. He just doesn’t seem to get the job done and everybody has had complaints.

“I think there needs to be some latitude because he requires things… but you can go to Clare, Missaukee and other counties where they follow the letter of the law. But they don’t seem to go by the letter of the law as (much as) he was. He was contracted to us, but he can also do other counties. But I don’t think he was working at other counties as a building inspector.”

Because of the complaints, Nehmer said the board wanted to hear what LaBrenz had to say.

“We put it off to this meeting to see if we could get more information,” Nehmer said. “The only other thing is we could renew his contract for another year and review the contract in six months. But most of us felt we had given him opportune time and he hadn’t gotten the job done. There was a motion on the table (to renew the contract) but there wasn’t a second, so it died. As of Jan. 1, we won’t have a building inspector until we find somebody.”

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