MEDINA — A recent resignation is causing an administrative shakeup at the Recovery Center of Medina County
Jessica Hazeltine, 37, left her position as administrative manager about six weeks ago.
“It was just time to do my advocacy from a different platform,” she said.
Hazeltine is doing some freelance work for Leadership Medina County.
She retained her peer support and chemical dependency licenses, and could put them to use in the future.
“I’m still on good terms (with the Recovery Center),” she said. “Absolutely (it was a good experience).
“I loved working with my students. It was for a great cause.”
Assistant general manager Kip Erwin has stepped into the vacant position on the interim basis.
“We haven’t made an official move,” said Michael Flaherty, Serenite Restaurant & Culinary Institute CEO and executive director.
“We’re still weighing our options. We’re doing a little restructuring of the position. (Erwin) is already in management here.”
Erwin, 38, is being considered for the position, Flaherty said. He said there is a board meeting Monday and it’s on the agenda.
“He’s a strong candidate,” Flaherty said.
“He’s been here from the start. Has the knowledge and experience on the recovery side.
“He’s a big asset. He’s a certified peer support specialist. He has empathy and the knowledge.”
Flaherty said he expects the vacancy to be filled from an in-house candidate.
He said he’s also picking up a portion of the load for the time being.
He said Hazeltine was the administrator of the recovery side of things.
“She facilitated any activities that were recover-focused and community outreach,” he said. “She also got into some grant writing.”
Flaherty said Hazeltine did not give him a reason for her departure.
“It was a mutual thing,” he said. “It was just time for her to pursue some different things. I’m not quite sure what.
“I greatly appreciate the year she was here. It was just time to move on.”
Flaherty said the recovery center and restaurant continue to grow. He said there are about 24 employees currently working at 538 W. Liberty St. The restaurant opened March 2018.