YOUNGSTOWN - A third attorney has been fired from the city Prosecutor's Office.
Law Director Anthony Farris said Thursday that assistant prosecutor John Marsh has been let go. Marsh was notified by letter Thursday. His last day on the job will be today.
He is the second attorney and third member of the office to lose his job since Mayor Charles Sammarone announced last week that he was letting former City Prosecutor Jay Macejko go over questionable text messages that emerged from a federal discrimination lawsuit another assistant filed against the city. That staff member, assistant prosecutor Bassil Ally, remains on the job.
Also let go a day after Macejko was former assistant prosecutor Bret Hartup, who was the recipient of a derogatory text message about President Barack Obama that officials say was sent by Macejko.
Dana Lantz was named as Macejko's replacement.
Farris said no one should read into Marsh's firing that he did anything wrong.
''We're trying to make wholesale changes to the prosecutor's office, and we want Dana to be able to put her stamp on the office,'' Farris said. ''That entails wholesale change.''
Ally sued the city claiming he was being discriminated against because he is Muslim. The city settled the lawsuit and Ally was awarded a $110,000 settlement.
The texts were leaked to the media during Macejko's campaign for Mahoning County prosecutor in the March Democratic primary against Prosecutor Paul Gains by a Gains supporter.
Gains eventually won the primary and a fifth term by more than 500 votes.