Mahoning commissioner: Don't hire director until probe ends

AUSTINTOWN — A Mahoning County commissioner renewed her call for the county Board of Developmental Disabilities to defer the hiring of a new superintendent until it fully investigates complaints the commissioners have received.

The comments by Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti at tonight’s DD board meeting followed an hourlong executive session Thursday between members of the DD board and the county commissioners.

In their Wednesday notice announcing that session, the county commissioners asked the DD board to “refrain from hiring a replacement director” until the board investigates and addresses complaints the commissioners have received.

In the letter, the commissioners said the complaints concern “allegations against the former director, Larry Duck, and some current employees of the board alleging mistreatment of employees and clients.”

The commissioners’ letter did not cite any specific allegations made in the complaints, and Righetti declined to elaborate this evening.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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