POLITICAL JOBS Blackwell rehires Clarett as field rep

This is the sixth time J. Kenneth Blackwell hired the Youngstown man.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael Clarett wasn't gone for long.
The Youngstown man resigned in May as a field representative for the Ohio Secretary of State's Office to take an executive position with a construction firm. But now Clarett is back with the secretary of state, although his region has changed somewhat.
Clarett declined to talk about why his stay with Caffey Corp. of Youngstown was so short except to say the job didn't work out.
Clarett said Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, who's hired him five previous times, personally asked him to come back, and he accepted.
"The position wasn't filled, and we brought him back on," said Carlo LoParo, Blackwell's spokesman. "We thought he did a good job in the past, and we welcome his return."
When Clarett left, the office changed county areas its five field representatives would be responsible for, primarily to make travel among the regions easier for the employees, LoParo said.
Mahoning County, in which Clarett lives, is no longer in his district. Trumbull County is still in his district, which also includes Ashtabula, Portage, Geauga, Lake, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Huron and Erie counties.
Madhu Singh, a field representative for a year, now oversees Mahoning County. She remains the field rep for Columbiana County. Her district also includes Ashland, Medina, Summit, Wayne, Holmes, Stark and Carroll counties.
Clarett's annual salary is $37,003, the same amount he was paid when hired two years ago. Singh's annual salary is $42,016. Salary is based on qualifications and experience, LoParo said.
The history between Clarett and Blackwell, both Republican, goes back several years.
This is the sixth time Blackwell hired Clarett. The other five were as field representative in 2002; twice as a paid staffer for his secretary of state campaigns in 2002 and 1998; once as a paid employee for his 1994 treasurer's campaign; and when Blackwell was the 2000 U.S. Census Monitoring Board's co-chairman, he hired Clarett as the board's Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia field representative.

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