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The DeMaine Kitchen-Lyndsey Hughes investigator billed $9,990 for his work to Youngstown

Published: Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick



The retired Summit County sheriff’s detective hired by Youngstown to investigate sexual harassment claims filed by Lyndsey Hughes against DeMaine Kitchen, the former mayor’s chief of staff/secretary, was permitted to spend up to $10,000 for his work.

The bill from Steve Sample’s company, Sample Security and Investigation Inc., is just under that amount. The board of control will consider approving a $9,990 bill from Sample today.

Sample was paid $60 an hour, so he spent 166.5 hours on the investigation that determined Kitchen sexually harassed Hughes both verbally and through text messages. The report didn’t address claims by Hughes’ lawyers that Kitchen physically harassed their client.

Sample started the investigation Oct. 7 at the request of the city and concluded it Dec. 7. Kitchen resigned four days before the report was released.

While Sample’s bill is itemized by date, nearly all of the descriptions are vague. Most are listed as “interviews in Youngstown,” “paperwork,” and “phone interviews.”

Sample’s bill does not include the additional cost of electronic laboratory fees that verified text messages on Hughes’ cellphone that came from Kitchen, who lost last month’s mayoral race to Democrat John McNally IV. City Law Director Anthony Farris said he doesn’t know how much that additional expense will cost the city.

The messages from Kitchen to Hughes included: “Ur my girl and I’ve been attracted” to you, and “I just don’t u to treat me like a stalker or something:-). It’s urs if u ever want it tho.”

The sexual harassment claim became an issue during the mayoral campaign with Kitchen denying he sexually harassed Hughes, the city’s downtown director of events, special projects and marketing. While Sample’s 67-page report made very few conclusions, it did state Kitchen sexually harassed Hughes.

Hughes and her attorneys are considering filing lawsuits against the city and individuals, including Kitchen, in federal or state court or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.


1tafy(86 comments)posted 9 months ago

If they don't audit this guys report down to the last penny, the city deserves to get screwed.
How stupid does this firm think people are?
The city should be held accountable before one cent is paid on this investigation. A few hundred short of 10k might fly. But 10 dollars is an insult to peoples integrity. Typical Youngstown.

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2johnyoung(241 comments)posted 9 months ago

Anyone with even half a brain who has reviewed this report can only conclude that it is a poorly prepared and poorly written piece of garbage which draws no logical conclusions and therefore serves absolutely no purpose. If the city tried to use it as evidence in any subsequent court proceedings, it would be laughed at and totally disregarded. If the administration willingly pays this bill without question, the taxpayers should be outraged.

It will be interesting to see if any city council members come forward and voice any opposition. How about some esteemed council member introducing an ordinance authorizing the city law department to pursue reimbursement from Mr. Kitchen and Mr. Sammarone, since their actions resulted in the city being placed in the position whereby the investigation was even necessary?

Our tax dollars are currently in the hands of totally incompetent idiots on both the executive and legislative levels, and absent some major changes in the upcoming administration, it does not appear that things will change anytime soon.

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3kensgirl(604 comments)posted 9 months ago

I blame years of total incompetence by the city. This is so Youngstown. I'm glad I'm out. We saw the handwriting on the wall years ago. So sad. Youngstown will never make a comeback. Too many idots, morons and imbeciles running the show and running the streets. Glad I ran from there a long time ago.

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4polhack(129 comments)posted 9 months ago

Great idea holding Kitchen and Samarone responsible for the bill. Kitchen will dodge it like his taxes and Samarone will pay up as soon as he finds some city land to rent out for "free". Both will answer " wadaya expect".

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5tafy(86 comments)posted 9 months ago

Please, Jimmy Hughes couldn 't investigate an elephant in a snow storm with a bloody nose.

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6johnyoung(241 comments)posted 9 months ago

@ tafy,

Although I've never seen "a snowstorm with a bloody nose", what does Jimmy Hughes have to do with this debacle?

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7johnyoung(241 comments)posted 9 months ago


Got it!

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8Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 9 months ago

A former councilman and administrator, DeMaine Kitchen sure was looking out for the city of Youngstown! I wonder how much taxpayers will have to pay Hughes. Add to a running tally for management fumbles, i.e., sex harassment cases, the city is up to $60,000 in bills thus far. No wonder our neighborhood can't get its streets repaved or sidewalks redone. Add to this the falling dilapidated houses. City council and the mayor are just running this city into the ground, aren't they?

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9lumper(281 comments)posted 9 months ago

the people of youngstown should have seen it coming when city council refused to put charter amendments on the ballot that would have brought the city more in line with its population. self serving and self preserving morons- the entire lot. should have elected the guy that was in jail mayor. at least his expenses would be covered by the county. 3 hots and a cot: could have deducted it from his salary.

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