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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Phil Pavarini Invited Earle B. Turner on a Bike Ride and That is Pretty Funny

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

My name is Earle
  • My name is Earle

Phil Pavarini is running against Earle B. Turner for the Clerk of Courts post. Earle B. Turner is probably going to win, much to the dismay of everyone, including the PD, who while deciding not to endorse anyone in the race, noted that Earle B. Turner is something less than a perfect public employee. That editorial came the same week the PD reported that Turner's office failed to send a mountain of ticket and suspension notices to the Ohio BMV.

This morning, this tweet from Pavarini's campaign came across the tweet-wire:

Phil Pavarini Invites Earle B Turner on a Bike Ride Saturday Oct 29 · 11:00am 2:00pm Mill Creek Falls History Center 8404 Webb Ter Cleve OH

As the PD's Henry Gomez points out, that is both funny and predictable for one reason: when the PD investigated how often (um, or not so often) Turner checked into work in 2008 by examining his parking records, Turner's excuse for the lack of frequent swipes of his parking card was that he often bicycled to work.

From the PD archives:

The newspaper investigation published June 7 showed the Democrat averaged about seven hours per week in the office in 2008. In only three months of 2008 did he work from his office for more than 40 hours in an entire month, the newspaper investigation showed.

Turner entered the parking garage on 76 days in 2008 and 63 days this year through May 28, records show. But in the last 90 days, he has entered 51 times and is arriving earlier and staying later, records show.


Turner, who is paid $95,000 a year while also collecting a public pension worth about $60,000, scoffed at The Plain Dealer's initial findings in June. He said he is a hard-working public official who stays out of the spotlight.

But he acknowledged that when he drives himself to work he parks nowhere else but inside the garage — except on the days he rides his bicycle seven miles to work, he said.

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