Phil Copeland seems to have decided he has enough time left in his day as the elected Lucas County Recorder to continue running Laborers Local 500.
After he defeated Republican George Sarantou for the post of recorder (maintaining Democratic ownership of a county row office post that goes back to the 1930s), Copeland told Blade writer Ignazio Messina in December that he would phase out of his job as business manager for Local 500.
His salary heading the laborers union is $126,127. His salary as county Recorder is $71,286.
Here's what Copeland told us in December:
“I just haven’t come up with a date yet and I have some things I have to wrap up,” he said. “I don’t have a date when I am going to retire. It might be a couple or few months after I take office. The recorder’s job is not full time but I am going to make it full time and I am going to be there everyday.”
We had heard that Copeland was planning to run again for business manager. This ad running in the newspaper of the Northwestern Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council confirms it:
Copeland said today (4/16) he never committed to a date to retire and still has some things he wants to get done for his members, including establishing contracts with some contractors and building a training center. "That training center is going to be our survival," he said.