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Engineer should seek larger probe

January 24, 2013

Randy Smith’s requested ethics investigation of his predecessor, David DeChristofaro, might be a good idea, but an even better one might be to go back and examine the hiring practices of......

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Jan-25-13 11:24 AM

rant on . . .

The last three county engineers have not been performing their "mandated" duty of maintaining the county's tax maps(12 years) and/or checking survey maps and descriptions for state compliance as required, even by our own county requirements.

Existing law specifies this duty(RC 325.14), and Attorney General Opinions agree that this duty must be performed by the C.E., per law(AG opinion 94-026.

There is also an AG opinion that the C.E.(or any elected official) is allowed to perform only those duties actually conferred by the general assembly.

Maybe the C.E.'s back to Latell(who sluffed off the duty), owe the county some monies for not performing their mandated duties?

It might be interesting to learn why the County Auditor's office is performing the C.E.'s that they are not authorized to perform by Ohio statute?

. . . rant off

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Jan-25-13 9:08 AM


Your response seems a little dis-jointed.

But, anyway, just to play along . . . find me A-N-Y-O-N-E who worked for the county engineer's office that earned $4 per hour in the past 25 or so years.

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Jan-24-13 8:43 PM

SURV69 you are what we call an idiot! Back when these public employees were making $4dollars an hour nobody wanted the jobs. It is hard dirty work. Friends and relatives were honored to serve the public. Thats right BH they are public servants making roads safe for your ungratefull rear to drive on!

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Jan-24-13 8:27 PM

Now let me get this straight, John and Randy hired this guy then fired him, he sued for 1.4 mil. Dave took office and our attorneys got him to settle for $300K am I missing something here. Go for it Randy you can't screw it up much more

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Jan-24-13 6:47 PM

"Nepotism", in Ohio begins closer than in-laws.

This doesn't make hiring in-laws "right", it just makes it "legal".

. . . and it still smells bad, regardless.

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Jan-24-13 6:40 PM

PB, Check out a magazine, "Ohio Cities and Villages," Nov/Dec 2012, pg 21, "All public servants, whether hired, elected, are appointed, need to understand that the Ethics Law makes nepotism a crime. The law prohibits a public official or employee from hiring, or using a public position to secure the hire, of a family member. In fact, in the state of Ohio, nepotism is a fourth degree felony." With that said, who would file the charge? How many are outraged enough to do something? We play "gods" on Mt. Olympus writing diatribes in a dying newspaper. Just some food for thought. Be well.

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Jan-24-13 5:15 PM

Without getting into anything . . . back when we had a "republican", county engineer, we never seemed to have all these problems.

But after the "political" cleansing that brought county engineers's office under democratic banner, we seem to have "issues".

Single party politics is not a good thing.

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Jan-24-13 5:10 PM

The editorial's position of an open-ended witch-hunt investigation is ludicrous. Sounds like a BIG waste of time and money. The Tribune needs to lobby the GOP, the party that controls the State of Ohio, to change the laws to prohibit what the Tribune is advocating. These are good ideas, but not one potential CRIME was recited in the editorial. Whatever good or bad DECISIONS were made in this office were made by ELECTED Engineers...many times running WITHOUT opposition.

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Jan-24-13 12:58 PM

Why do they always want to be probing things. I think they all need to talk with a professional.

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