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Ombudsman position has host of applicants

Thirty-one people, including several lawyers, a manager at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, and a Lucas County probation officer, have applied for Toledo Public Schools' ombudsman position.

The person who fills the post will be responsible for reviewing and responding to complaints lodged against the district; serve as a mediator; conduct periodic surveys, and accomplish other duties. School officials pledged during last year's levy campaign to have the job filled by the first day of classes Aug. 31.

The salary for the job is listed as not more than $30,000 a year.

Superintendent Eugene Sanders said the district had a similar post during the 1970s and '80s.

Sheila Austin, the district's chief of staff, said yesterday the position will be filled before September.

"We are screening applicants now and will have a recommendation," she said. "The person will mediate between the district and the community."

Among the long list of people who applied for the position are:

●Shari Blackwood of Sylvania, who holds a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and is a business instructor at Owens Community College.

●Cedric Brock of Winterset Drive in Toledo, pastor of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church on North Detroit Avenue in Toledo.

●Linda Bunda of Sylvania Township, former membership campaign coordinator for the Toledo Museum of Art and co-chairman of the Friends of the Lathrop House organization, a citizens' group formed to save a house that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

●Shelly Curry of Tibaron Lane in Toledo, case manager for Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services.

●Daniel DeAngelis of Muirfield Avenue in Toledo, an instructor for Master Driving School in Toledo who holds a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.

●Linda Griffith of Genoa, manager of employee concerns at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

●Debra Marinik of Sylvania, a drug prevention educator for the past six years who co-owned the former Boogie Records in Toledo with her late husband.

●Tonia Pace of Airport Highway in Toledo, a probation officer for Lucas County Juvenile Court.

●Joseph Sansbury, of Sylvania, human resource director for Toledo Public Schools.

●Joseph Zielinski, of McDonald Street in Toledo, a former business analyst with the Edison Industrial Systems Center in Toledo and co-president of Parents for Public Schools, a Toledo Public Schools watchdog group.

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