Ex-Trumbull official blames job stress for drug problem

WARREN — Tom Mahoney, former Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services director, gets another chance to get clean from drugs — or he goes to prison for up to 12 months.

Judge John M. Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Thursday sentenced Mahoney to four years of probation, 200 hours of community service, took his driver’s license for six months and told Mahoney that if he fails to complete drug and alcohol treatment this time or otherwise violates the terms of probation, he could go to prison for up to 12 months.

Mahoney, 56, of Girard, who earned $107,344 per year and supervised 261 employees at the agency on North Park Avenue that serves the poor, told Judge John M. Stuard Thursday that being head of Job and Family Services put him under a great deal of stress, and that led to his drug addiction.

“It’s taken everything from me, Judge,” Mahoney said of his drug problem and the criminal charge of cocaine possession that resulted from a narcotics investigation in March.

“I was under a lot of pressure. I was asked to do a lot of things by my employer. I’ve been under an awful lot of stress, but I do own up to the mistakes I’ve made,” Mahoney said. The JFS director is hired by the county commissioners.

Read more in Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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