His tenure overseeing the Geauga Park District proceeded quietly until November 2013, when the Park Board fired longstanding Executive Director Tom Curtin after 14 years at the helm.
Board member Jim Patterson voted to keep Curtin.
"A car with its tires still on it was ordered buried by Tom Curtin
at the Felkin property on Bradford Drive in Munson Township.
personal property, which was left to the park district by Donald and Dorothy Felkin, was never probated and the estate could have been contested.
Firearms, including a Thompson submachine gun, that were part of the estate were negligently mishandled and to this day have not been adequately accounted for," Fishbach wrote in Geauga County's News-Herald.
denied that the guns went missing, but admitted that burying the car in the basement of the property was a mistake - a hasty decision in an incident that occurred over a decade ago.
In the interim, Curtin
had built the Geauga Park District
into one of the state's most respected institutions.
From the Dec. 17, 2013, News-Herald
is a great person.
Opposition to Grendell's
vision for the Geauga Park District
started with the firing of Curtin
, but the threat of mining and logging the park galvanized the broader community.
Grendell describes the incident at the Felkin property that sparked his recommendation to the Park Board to not renew Executive Director Tom Curtin's contract.