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Conglose sues city over ’08 conviction



Published: Sun, March 6, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A former public works department official who was found guilty of improperly receiving $3,341.46 from the city in education-pay bonus — and who later had the conviction sealed — is suing Youngstown.

Carmen S. Conglose Jr., the ex-deputy director of public works, filed a civil lawsuit against the city. City officials contend Conglose should be barred from holding any public office or public employment for seven years from the date of his June 13, 2008, conviction. That ban was part of Conglose’s sentence for the misdemeanor.

Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court sealed Conglose’s conviction a year later. At a hearing that led to the sealing of Conglose’s record, the city didn’t object to sealing the conviction but contended his seven-year ban should remain, said city Prosecutor Jay Macejko.

“You can seal the conviction, but the prohibition remains,” Macejko said.

Scott C. Essad, Conglose’s attorney, disagrees.

The judge’s decision to seal Conglose’s conviction means the seven-year ban is void, Essad said.

But Conglose, who now works in the private sector, is suing the city “just to make sure,” Essad said, even though “he doesn’t have plans to return to the public sector or run for office.”

The civil suit was filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and assigned to Judge James C. Evans.

Between 1999 and 2007, Conglose received an annual education bonus the city gives to those with college degrees.

A fake 1986 bachelor of science degree from Youngstown State University was in Conglose’s personnel file at the city’s finance department for years.

Conglose first said he had no idea how the fake degree got into his file.

But it was later discovered by The Vindicator that on July 30, 2003, Conglose testified in a sworn court deposition that he earned that exact degree.

Conglose had said he was entitled to the education bonus because his 1990 surveyor’s license was viewed by the state as equivalent to a four-year college degree. That is something that was disputed in 2008 by the head of the state agency that awards those licenses.

Conglose retired Dec. 31, 2007, from his public-works job that paid $93,132 annually in base salary.

On March 3, 2008, Mayor Jay Williams hired Conglose, a 31-year city employee, as the part-time traffic coordinator with an annual salary up to $42,577.

Shortly after, Williams and The Vindicator received anonymous letters about the degree. The mayor then questioned Conglose about the fake degree March 14 with Conglose resigning that day.

After the Ohio auditor’s office informed Conglose in May 2008 that it was going to issue a finding for recovery against him, Conglose repaid the city $3,341.46, the education-bonus money he received between 1999 and 2007.

Macejko said he doesn’t know why Conglose is suing the city because the former city official “can truthfully answer ‘no, I’m not convicted of a crime’” on a job application with a public agency.

The only way anyone would know about the contested ban, Macejko said, is “from memory.”

In the lawsuit, Essad wrote, “Of course the public memory and press coverage cannot be expunged, but they are not among the factors considered” under state law.


Comments

11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What a jerk.

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2johnyoung(238 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This guy did much good work for the city for many years and in return received a hatchet job from a group of jealous employees. I'm in in the legal profession and worked with him on many occasions. Take a look at the public works department when he was in charge compared to now. It's a mess. Just read the paper. It takes them 3 or more tries to bid out any project and many change orders. I applaud him for wanting to set the record straight.

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3SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You heard it here first. Congclose will drop lawsuit in a month Reason. He has just opened pandoras box. More info will now surface about self proclaimed college graduate

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4Askmeificare(680 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@ johnyoung:

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Carmen Conglose Jr. has been a DISASTER for our city and both himself and his actions are completely undefendable.

Jealous employees? Typical of you to say that, I imagine, since you actually are defending the loser Carmen Conglose Jr..

The employees whom called Carmen Conglose Jr., on his fraudulant methods and self destructive behaviour care for our city and wanted to do the right thing so they did the right thing.

When has Carmen Conglose Jr. ever done the right thing?

Johnyoung, you state, "I'm in in the legal profession and worked with him on many occasions." How many FREE lunch meetings have YOU had with Carmen Conglose Jr. and the taxpayers picked up the lunch tab facilitated by Carmen Conglose Jr.?

I sure hope you are using a fake name for your posted comments, else live with your self embarrassing comments.

Buckwheat.

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5Askmeificare(680 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@ mishmash:

Pleased add me to your fan list.

Buckwheat.

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6CSConglose(2 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@askmeificare and others:

I rarely if ever post in response to the useless drivel appearing here, and when I do, I use my own name. I am no longer a public servant, so I do not have to sit idly by and read posts like yours without responding.

I want to remind you that although you have the same first amendment rights as the rest of us, those rights do not provide you with the ability to make libelous statements about me or anyone else. I assume you are familiar with the term "libel"? You are not protected just because you choose to conceal your identity. If such untrue and libelous statements continue, I can assure you that I will exhaust all legal channels to determine your true identity and take appropriate legal action against you.

You appear to be one of my former employees who did not like the fact that I made you actually work and be accountable. Next time, why don't you post using your real name so that we may become reacquainted?

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7drcrossm(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The mark of an outstanding journalist is getting the facts correct. Conglose's filing was not a lawsuit, but his attorney is merely asking for a clarification on a legal issue that is unclear. As Skolnick has trouble with the facts, I can understand why he is stuck a journalist in "the most deteriorating city in the U.S." He must have missed the course in college on fact checking.Shall we check on his degree?

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8Askmeificare(680 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@ CSConglose:

from Vindy article:

http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/mar/06...

BRING IT!

YOU ARE SUCH A NITWIT YOU DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITION OF WHAT LIBEL ACTUALLY IS.

PRAISE BE TO GOD THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER A "PUBLIC SERVANT".

BRING YOUR LAWSUIT ON-
BRING IT-
BRING IT-
BRING IT-

WHY ARE THE UNDERGROUND CITY OF YOUNGSTOWN STRUCTURES COLLAPSING?

A FORMER EMPLOYEE AM I?

MAYBE THE ILL SIDE OF YOUR REPUTATION IS MAKING THE ROUNDS.

GOODBYE - GOOD RIDDANCE - JUST LEAVE!

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