By Sean Barron
A county commissioner is planning an informational meeting with the prosecutor’s office, fellow commissioners and the county’s Board of Developmental Disabilities regarding what she says is a greater need for transparency within the agency.
Carol Rimedio-Righetti was unable to provide specifics during Thursday’s meeting at the board’s MASCO Workshop Inc. building, 825 Bev Road. Nevertheless, she said, commissioners have received numerous calls from clients’ parents and others wanting to know more about what’s going on with the agency.
For example, some people wanted more answers pertaining to a six-month ethics investigation of former superintendent Larry A. Duck, who received a $111,317 severance package.
Duck was hired March 1, 2001, as superintendent and was placed on administrative leave Sept. 19, 2013. Three months later, the board received the results from the probe.
Duck was paid more than $10,000 per month for the nearly six months he had been on paid leave.
Rimedio-Righetti, who did not provide a date for the meeting, said she also wants board members to have clearer directives regarding MCBDD’s programs.
Bobbi Wittkugle, whose 55-year-old son is an MCBDD client, said she wants to see more-open communication among parents, instructors and board members.
It is hoped that commissioners will help the MCBDD “get back to a family-oriented agency,” she added.
The commissioners appoint five of the board’s seven members. The Mahoning County Probate Court judge appoints the other two.
The next commissioners’ meeting is set for 10 a.m. next Friday at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market St.