Probate worker placed on probation

By Peter H. Milliken


Donald D. Gaudio Jr. again has been placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job as deputy clerk and guardianship investigator with the Mahoning County Probate Court.

Judge Mark Belinky of the probate court put Gaudio on leave, effective immediately, in a Thursday afternoon judgment entry.

The leave is effective pending completion of a county sheriff’s department investigation of a verbal altercation, in which Gaudio, 49, of Boardman, allegedly threatened to punch Samuel M. Moffie, a 51-year-old Boardman businessman, in the face.

The altercation occurred just before the 1 p.m. Wednesday swearing-in ceremony for Daniel R. Yemma as county treasurer in the county courthouse rotunda.

Moffie wrote in his statement for the sheriff’s department that Maj. Mike Fonda of that department stepped between Gaudio and Moffie during the altercation.

Moffie said he would pursue the matter “to the fullest extent of the law.” No criminal charges have been filed, however. Gaudio could not be reached to comment.

The sheriff’s department incident report does not explain what precipitated the altercation.

In April 2010, Judge Belinky put Gaudio on leave for two weeks pending an internal court investigation, docked him one week’s pay, reinstated him on a 120-day probationary period, and ordered him to show proof of driving privileges quarterly and pay back any court employee from whom he borrowed money.

In 2007, Gaudio pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of failing to have his headlights on after being charged with driving under a license that had been suspended for nonpayment of child support.

Gaudio joined the probate court in December 2008, having been convicted of misdemeanor domestic- violence charges in 2000 and 2001 and of a misdemeanor receiving stolen property charge in 2004.

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