Gianangeli Is New Job and Family Services Director

Vince Gianangeli takes over as the new director of the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services beginning next week following a 2-1 vote by county commissioners Wednesday.

Gianangeli serves as fiscal director for the agency, and his appointment to the new position becomes effective Monday. He will replace Lisa Fijalkowksi, who has served as interim director since August.

Commissioners have offered the director’s job to three people since Dwayne Pielech resigned from the position last July – and all three backed down from the job.

John Rowan was first hired to assume the job in early August, but resigned after only a few days. Since then, commissioners have focused their search on interested candidates in upper management positions at the county DJFS. The names of other candidates interviewed were not mentioned.

Gianangeli wasn’t present Wednesday when commissioners Matt Coffland and Mark Thomas voted in favor of his appointment, and Commissioner Ginny Favede against it. Gianangeli’s wife, Patti, was in attendance.

The resolution approving Gianangeli’s hiring states his rate of pay will be determined at a later time.

Coffland said Gianangeli was among those considered for the job of director in 1997 when Pielech was hired for the position.

“He’s been a good, loyal employee,” Coffland said. “He brings a lot to the job, and he understands the fiscal situation there. He can work to move the agency forward.”

Coffland thanked Fijalkowski for her service as interim director during the search process. She will return to her job as public assistance supervisor at DJFS.

Thomas termed many of the candidates interviewed as “excellent” and able to move the county forward.

Favede said she had no comment regarding Wednesday’s appointment of Gianangeli as DJFS director, but in the past she expressed support for keeping Fijalkowski as director.

Early in Wednesday’s meeting, all three commissioners met in private executive session for 70 minutes to discuss the appointment and compensation of a public employee, but took no action after returning to regular session.

At the end of the meeting, Thomas and Coffland voted to again adjourn into executive session, with Favede voting against it. She remained outside in the commission chamber while Coffland and Thomas met with county human resources consultant Mike Kinter in an adjacent conference room.