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Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen can not receive health care coverage on city's dime, law director says
Richmond Heights Law Director Todd Hunt said Mayor Miesha Headen's part-time status prevents the city from paying for her health care benefits. (Sara Dorn, NEOMG)
, who in January told Northeast Ohio Media Group she
works at least 50 hours a week, was seeking health insurance through her
position as safety director, which is also held by the mayor.
Headen called the move "petty politics like those of East Cleveland," referring to East Cleveland City Council's 2011 decision to remove Mayor Gary Norton from the position of safety director, which cut his salary in half.
said Thursday she
was only recently notified of the law director's opinion regarding the mayor's access to healthcare premiums paid by the city.
"I will take time to consider it carefully and thoughtfully," she
wrote in an email to Northeast Ohio Media Group
"As the chief executive of the City
, I certainly will comply with the law."
said that Richmond Heights
has not paid any of her
healthcare premiums since she
was sworn in on Dec. 1.
"The City of Richmond Heights
has annual revenue of $16 million, eight departments, 11,000 residents, and approximately 60 full-time employees," she
"The task of reforming this government that has suffered neglect and inattention over the past 20 years demands the undivided attention of an executive."
The mayor makes about $15,000 for each of her
roles as mayor and safety director, $30,000 total.
"The position of mayor of Richmond Heights
pays less than any secretary working in Richmond Heights
said in January.
issues with the pay ordinance weren't about money and that she
believed it was a personal attack.
"All mayors since at least 1995 have had access to health care premiums being paid by Richmond Heights
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