YOUNGSTOWN - Mayor Charles Sammarone announced Thursday that today will be the last day on the job for City Prosecutor Jay Macejko.
Sammarone let Macejko go after an investigation that was prompted by the release of several text messages during Macejko's campaign for Mahoning County prosecutor from a civil suit an assistant city prosecutor filed against the city alleging discrimination.
Sammarone said recently unsealed court documents in the case and the investigation have led him to believe that Macejko's office was not run according to his two top guidelines, accountability and good management.
Tom Conley, President of the Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League, discusses the firing of Jay Mac
''The actions displayed in the prosecutor's office do not meet my standards of accountability or management,'' Sammarone said. ''I've decided to change the leadership in the prosecutor's office.''
First Assistant Law Director Dana Lantz said she was appointed to be Macejko's replacement. She begins her new job Monday.
''I look forward to continuing my service with the city,'' she said.
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Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone, right, announces Jay Macejko will no longer be city prosecutor Thursday. Beside him is Human Relations Director Jonathan Huff.
The texts that were leaked to members of the media by a Gains' supporter were part of a civil suit Assistant Prosecutor Bassil Ally filed against the city saying Macejko and the city discriminated against him because he is a Muslim.
The city settled the case for $110,000. In the suit were several texts between Macejko and Assistant Prosecutor Bret Hartup including one which called Ally a derogatory word and another that was derogatory about President Obama.
Macejko has denied sending the text about Obama and said it must have been spam and that he was upset with Ally because of his performance.
The mayor formed a committee consisting of Farris, Lt. Brian Butler, head of Internal Affairs in the police department and Jonathan Huff of the Human Relations Commission to investigate Macejko after a federal judge officially unsealed documents in the court case last week.
There could be more changes in the prosecutor's office but Sammarone did not elaborate.
Thursday, Sammarone read from a short, handwritten statement and said he would not answer questions, although he did take a few. He did not mention the texts, but thought the atmosphere in the office was not to his liking.
Court documents included testimony in depositions about other attorneys betting to see if Ally would call off sick, details of someone leaving a derogatory cartoon in the office and someone asking if Ally could get Al Qaida to blow up Pennsylvania for him.
Tom Conley, President of the Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League, said he supported Sammarone's decision. He said he trusts Sammarone and the committee he formed to look into the matter.
''If I had an employee who represented me like that, it would not do a lot of good,'' Conley said.
Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th Ward, said she thinks Macejko needed to go because as prosecutor, he serves all people in the city and it does not look good to have him disparage anyone.
''If a prosecutor cannot do that, simply, he can't work for this community,'' Tarpley said.
Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st Ward, said she was saddened because Macejko did a lot of good as prosecutor. She mentioned his efforts in having his office be involved in helping to rid the city of blight and crack down on drug houses.
Still, Gillam said the city has a diverse population and the way things went in Macejko's office did not set a good example of how to deal with people of different backgrounds, Gillam said.