Retirement Of Cleveland Metroparks Veteran

Cleveland Metroparks Procurement Director and veteran Ronald Drew Ciancutti was in the employee of Cleveland Metroparks for more than 35 years, serving 4 appointing judges, 12 members of the board and 3 executive directors. He will retire December 1, 2018 at the age of 57.

Ron served on more than a dozen committees within the company including his leadership on the Benefits Study Team, the Position Evaluation Task Force, and the Fuel Conservation Committee and accumulated numerous honors during his tenure including but not limited to The National Purchasing Association “Excellence in Procurement Award” in 1999, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, The “Governor’s Recognition Award” for Minority Business Innovations in 2001, and Special Recognition Awards from OPRA  and PMAC for his Governmental Purchasing Manual (which has been copied by more than 250 public agencies since 1991). He was also awarded the 2014 GFOA Award for Public Finance Innovations.

 

Ron served on more than a dozen committees within the company including his leadership on the Benefits Study Team, the Position Evaluation Task Force, and the Fuel Conservation Committee and accumulated numerous honors during his tenure including but not limited to The National Purchasing Association “Excellence in Procurement Award” in 1999, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, The “Governor’s Recognition Award” for Minority Business Innovations in 2001, and Special Recognition Awards from OPRA  and PMAC for his Governmental Purchasing Manual (which has been copied by more than 250 public agencies since 1991). He was also awarded the 2014 GFOA Award for Public Finance Innovations.

As an intern, Ron categorized, located and mapped all of the natural gas wells within the park district acreage which led to grant funding for the “Ohio Orphan Well Plugging Program” and went on to serve as a draftsman and instrument man in the Engineering Department, an assistant park manager at the South Chagrin Reservation, a Senior Buyer in the Treasury Department, and a project coordinator for the construction of the Nature-Tracks display vehicle.

Ron went on to become the Park District’s first complete tuition reimbursement candidate to graduate with his Master’s Degree (with honors) in Business from Baldwin Wallace University in 1993 and then served the Park District as Purchasing Manager for more than 24 years renovating the division by creating new methods and procedures such as usage of consortiums, simplification through form creation and decentralization through staff empowerment, all designed to provide and successfully maintain a continuous, uninterrupted flow of goods and services.

During that term Ron acted as project manager completing multi-million dollar projects well below budget estimates including the underground storage tank removal program from 1992 – 2012 and the above ground storage tank installation program from 1993 – 2010 and his leadership in contract negotiations saved millions of dollars in utility costs throughout his tenure.

Ron was finally advanced to the position of Director of Procurement in 2013 and continued to work with and mentor the new management team including helping with their implementation of the new accounting system until his retirement on December 1, 2018.

Ron and his wife Cynthia live in Lakewood where they raised five children and now enjoy the visits of 14 grandchildren. Ron is a published author with two books to his credit and a monthly column. He plays drums in the church band and consults with a private firm regarding management practices on a free-lance basis.
 

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018