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Vivo: Illness has limited me

Published: Thu, October 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.


Anthony Vivo

By Peter H. Milliken



Anthony Vivo says he enjoys his job as Mahoning County clerk of courts and has a good work ethic, but illness has limited his ability to go to work recently.

“I’ve been a hands-on clerk my entire career there,” said Vivo, 52, who was first elected clerk of courts in 1994 and had worked in other jobs in that office since the 1970s.

Vivo called The Vindicator on Wednesday in response to what he said were reports on a Cleveland radio show that he had been away from the clerk’s office for a long time but continued to do weekly radio sports-talk shows on Clear Channel stations in Youngstown.

Having played softball, golf and basketball three years ago, Vivo recalled he had trouble getting out of bed in the morning and was having flulike symptoms on a regular basis in 2009.

At the end of March of this year, Vivo said he woke up on a Saturday morning with extremely swollen legs and couldn’t get his shoes on. His wife drove him to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman that day, he recalled.

Doctors there told him he had multiple blood clots in his legs, hip and back and weighed more than 300 pounds because his body was filled with water and blood clots, Vivo said.

After a week at St. Elizabeth in Boardman, he spent a week at the Cleveland Clinic before returning home. Three days later, he became sick again, and St. Elizabeth’s doctors put him on the blood-clot- preventing drug, Coumadin.

Because of his illness, he then was off his job in the clerk’s office for four months from April through July.

“I still have blood clots in my legs,” he said. “I still don’t have the ability to walk long distances.”

Vivo said he now works at the county courthouse during evenings and weekends, when he is able to park closer to the courthouse than during weekday business hours.

He also works in the Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield for five or six hours on Thursdays because it has convenient barrier-free access and because court is not in session there that day.

Vivo said he considered retiring on disability in April. “However,” he added, “I’m a lot better now than I was in August.” He now lifts weights, takes short walks and does yard work on a limited basis.

Vivo said he is looking forward to moving his auto-title department from the Southside Annex on Market Street to Oakhill Renaissance Place early next year and running for re-election as clerk of courts in 2012 if his health permits it.

Under the on-air name Champ Summers, Vivo said he tapes a sports show with Denny Liebert at Clear Channel studios in Boardman on Fridays during football season, where he has to walk only 30 yards from his car to the studio.

On Sundays, he goes there to do the Sports Wrap show live and year-round with Jim Evans. On some occasions, he said his blood clots have forced him to participate by telephone in Sports Wrap while lying in bed.

Vivo, who has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Ohio University, said his radio work is strictly an unpaid hobby. “The clots have not affected my mind or my ability to talk,” he said.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Time to retire from politics Tony and take care of your health. I'm sure you have enough accumulated sick-time, un-paid vacation, PERS and pension to do so.

You can then do your sports show on your own time and not the tax-payers anymore.

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2lefty83(313 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Leave the guy alone.He still does his job,even though he should be in sports radio everyday.He has more knowledge then all the guys on the radio and sto put together.

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3walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This is no slam on Vivo but it is time that the structure of Mahoning County govt is changed. Allegheny Co. (PittsburgH) did it about 10 years ago and Cuyahoga Co. has recently. The set-up is antiquated, cumbersome, and extemely wasteful. Most of these office can be appointed and the workers pooled into one unit and shared. Of course, this would mean cutting staff so many politcal hirees (read "hacks") would lose their cushy jobs. Recorder, auditor, coroner, clerk, treasurer could be appointed and have combined staffing.

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4Cassie(88 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if any of the people, including Bertram DeSouza, who are so critical of public employees, have ever really looked at what the vast majority of public employees do, that is, put in a good day's work for their paycheck. It is so offensive to me when Bert, among others, uses the pejorative and libelous term, "feeding at the public trough". Just the fact that it is a totally hackneyed term which Bert has used for years because of his total lack of imagination and talent, should put it out of use. Tony Vivo has always been a good employee, pleasant to work with and I think he should whatever he feels he can do right now. God bless you, Tony, and I hope your health improves.

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5davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

this is not believable

a deputy says he has not been at work since December 2008

that is almost 2 years

Vivo said he now works at the county courthouse during evenings and weekends, when he is able to park closer to the courthouse than during weekday business hours.

are we to believe this

would the commissioners not allow him to park closer to the building so he could get in during his regular work hours

working on the weekends

who could prove or disprove that

this is a guy who was on the clerks payroll when he was attending college

this is terrible reporting by a hack journalist

no tough questions

repeating the nonsense of lazy public employees

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6davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


seen a public official going into the courthouse on the weekends

it was not vivo

maybe milliken could ask that official if he ever saw vivo

that would be interesting

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7burford(95 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This story should have more legs. The paper obviously is covering for the Clerk of Courts by making it a puff piece and not prominently displaying it on this web site so people don't comment.

I wonder what public official or officials actually work in the courthouse on the weekend. I am not sure if I know all who work in the courthouse. But here goes. The treasurer, the auditor, the prosecutor, the recorder. the common pleas judges and the domestoc judge and probate judge.

Here are real poll questions unlike the Traficant one:

Do you think Vivo works on the weekends?

If not who does?

Do you think no one works the weekend?

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