Cicero Davis, environmental health director for the Youngstown City Health District, signed a Last Chance Agreement under which he can be fired for violation of its terms or any city or health department rules, policies and procedures.
As part of the agreement, also signed by Youngstown Law Director Anthony Farris, Davis agreed to a 60-day suspension without pay as discipline for submitting false food-service inspection reports. In the process of examining Davis’ computer with regard to the food-service inspections, investigators also discovered sexually explicit material stored in the computer, Farris said.
“The seriousness of the incidents and circumstances could have justified termination,” according to the Last Chance Agreement, which the city offered to Davis in lieu of losing his job.
Davis, who agreed that he will not be present at the workplace at any time during his suspension, is permitted to use his accrued unused vacation leave to serve the suspension for a period not exceed one half of the suspension, which began today.
Davis did not respond to a call Friday afternoon to his office seeking comment.
At its meeting April 8, the Youngstown City District Health Board authorized Farris to enter into a Last Chance Agreement with Davis, whom the law director said had “engaged in serious misconduct including the falsifying of inspection reports to create the impression that food inspections were performed” when they were not.
Under the Last Chance Agreement, Davis accepted the discipline and waived his right to appeal any issue concerning his suspension. He also agreed that any violation of the Last Chance Agreement would result in termination without any right to appeal the degree of penalty for such violation. He can only contest whether or not a violation occurred, Farris said.
The action closed the city’s investigation into issues involving food inspections, the law director said after the April 8 meeting.