Mahoning Co. probate court judge fires investigator, deputy clerk

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky fired Donald D. Gaudio Jr., today from his position as deputy clerk and guardianship investigator, effective immediately.

The judge had put Gaudio on unpaid administrative leave on June 16, the day after Gaudio, 49, of Boardman, allegedly threatened to punch Samuel M. Moffie, a 51-year-old Boardman businessman, in the face in the county courthouse rotunda just before the swearing-in ceremony for county Treasurer Daniel R. Yemma.

A sheriff’s department report was filed, but no criminal charges were filed in that incident. “His conduct did not meet court standards,” Judge Belinky said of Gaudio, declining to elaborate.

In April 2010, Judge Belinky put Gaudio on two weeks’ leave pending an internal court investigation concerning other matters, docked him a week’s pay and reinstated him on a 120-day probationary period.

All probate court employees serve at the judge’s pleasure, Judge Belinky wrote in his judgment entry documenting Gaudio’s dismissal. Gaudio joined the probate court staff in December 2008.

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