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Monday, August 16, 2010

Everything Wrong With Cuyahoga County Government In 126 Words

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM

You, my friend, are an idiot.
  • You, my friend, are an idiot.

Things to know before reading further:

1) An audit recently found that Frank Russo's Auditor's office is overstaffed, mismanaged, and spends about $2 million more a year than comparably sized auditor's offices around the state. In short: there are already too many people making too much money doing too little work in that office.

2) The Cuyahoga County Board of Revision was recently investigated by the Plain Dealer and, subsequently, the county. They found employees not working full shifts, working second jobs, sitting on a backlog of resident complaints, working despite apparent conflicts of interest, and generally being lazy and corrupt.

So what happens when Board of Revision employees are booted from their jobs because their department is a complete mess that was apparently not even performing a small portion of its duties up to even minimum standards?

Why, they are given jobs for their current pay in Frank Russo's Auditor's office. Of course.

Here are the 126 words from the Plain Dealer that perfectly encapsulate all that is wrong with Cuyahoga County's government and the feckless, corrupt hacks that run it.

A worker who was ousted and another who resigned this month from the Cuyahoga County office that considers challenges to property assessments now work in Auditor Frank Russo's office in jobs that didn't exist two weeks ago.

Neither job was posted. The public was not permitted to apply. The jobs pay $65,808 and $58,000 a year.

Robert Chambers was tossed out of his job as administrator of the Cuyahoga County board of Revision after an audit found the office to be dysfunctional and mismanaged.

Parma City Council member Brian Day resigned Tuesday from one of the boards of revision after The Plain Dealer questioned him about a 2006 attorney general's opinion blocking council members from serving on boards of revision.

Both were transferred to new jobs in Russo's office.

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