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Mahoning Co. probate court judge fires investigator, deputy clerk

Published: Thu, July 14, 2011 @ 4:53 p.m.

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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1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


The judge put up with a lot of stuff trying to help that dude.

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

@ KimKotheimer

Oh god no,..

You couldn't be any wronger or more inaccurate in the duration of your entire existence. See where unsure of if there was any improper personal relationship between them prior to the hiring. On the surface outside of that it appears the judge hired an individual that's had his issues. That apparently he was trying to aide and assist in his reform,.. and he didn't have to.

Where in contrast Jim Tressel's case being the direct opposite in every way.

Unlike the judge, Jim Tressel used the athletic abilities of an array of physically talented youth. In a manner as to facilitate himself some extremely lucrative personal paydays. That were solely and exclusively payable to Jim Tressel, and OSU admin whom clearly knew what he was doing.

The judge was going to get paid no matter if he hired that individual or not. Tressel, had to lure those youngsters to where he was seeking a payday and their talents were REQUIRED for him to get those personal paydays,.. self serving in textbook form.

Hence conclusively and irrefutably without question. There's positively, absolutely and in totality no comparison between the two what so ever,.. NONE !!!

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3republicanRick(1680 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Belinky looked crooked for keeping this scum on the payroll for so long. Good riddance to his sorry butt.

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