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Davis out as Youngstown environmental health director



Published: Thu, March 27, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

A Youngstown health inspector has surrendered his state registration after questions arose about the performance of his duties.

As part of an agreement finalized Wednesday, Cicero Davis, who had been director of the city health department’s environmental division, admitted to incompetence, unprofessional conduct and dereliction of duty — but not to allegations that he forged inspection reports.

The agreement, approved Wednesday by the Ohio Sanitarian Registration Board in Columbus, means Davis will have to step down from the health-department post, and positions the panel to deny future licensing applications he submits.

Erin Bishop, acting commissioner for the city health department, said it will be up to the health board to decide who will fill Davis’ job. She also said he is on vacation this week.

She said she did not want to answer any more questions about Davis’ status until she had a chance to study the registration board’s actions further.

“It [the agreement] may allow him the opportunity to preserve some employment with the city of Youngstown,” said Scott Myers, assistant attorney general representing the state board. “It will not be as a sanitarian. It will not be as director of environmental health. ... He can no longer practice in the profession.”

The State Board of Sanitarian Registration notified Davis in November that it was considering further sanctions, including the potential revocation or suspension of his license.

Davis requested a hearing with the board, with witnesses set to be called in Columbus on Wednesday morning. He and the board’s legal counsel, however, reached an agreement before the start of the meeting.

Under the agreement, Davis “agrees to immediately cease and desist from engaging in any activity that requires a sanitarian registration.”

Davis did not attend the session, but he was expected to add his signature to the agreement later in the day.

Davis entered a “last-chance” agreement with the city in April 2013 after an internal investigation determined he falsified records and possessed sexually explicit material on his work computer.

According to state documents, Davis submitted multiple reports between 2009 and 2012 for health inspections that he did not perform at restaurants, nursing homes, day care centers and other facilities.

“Included within some, if not all, of the falsified reports were signatures that were not genuine,” according to documents.


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1tired56(12 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

@dumbdem - Because they are all pretty much incompetent and have to keep other incompetent people around in order to deflect the blame away from them and onto someone else. That way no one ever takes responsibility for mistakes and everyone gets away with not doing their job.

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2jr(14 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I would hope the new mayor would not allow any opportunity to preserve any chance of employment. Now city council may be another thing.

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3CongressWatcher(160 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow! I feel safe!

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4Knightcap(697 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

3% raises for everyone!

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5hammar(12 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, well, karma finally caught up with this POS. He must have plenty of fiber because he has been floating for years on Youngstown's dime. Shame on Chuck and the former law director for this unaccountability. Just how can the new mayor keep this creepy porn star want to be? I am thinking the glove DID fit in Columbus. Thank you Scott Myers for doing the job that should have been done in Ytown.

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62muchtax(319 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Only in the public sector do you get to surf porn and screw off and keep your job! thank you to the public unions! This is a perfect example for the new mayor to speak up, but do not hold your breath! Fire the low life! Kitchen now this clown, how many more! Mayor McNally can you please address these issues!

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7gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

There is a simple solution. Using McDummys new hiring policy this job requires someone with environmental background. LUPO boom!

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8kevsmi2(1 comment)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I am curious. Who used the computer prior to Mr. Davis being put in the position he held? Also, the allegations of sexual harrasment were from a woman the Mr. Davis was trying to fight a workers compensation claim. if the records are true, Mr. Davis received a reprimand from the previous Health Commissioner Administrator. for the record, it should also be looked in to as to why the current Administrator Erin Bishop was appointed to her position and how she was able to keep her position for a time at Youngstown State and be the Administrator for the dept. Who kept track of the suppossed hours she was putting in while supposedly doing her present job. Keep in mind that Mr. Davis has admitted wrong doing, but the his inevitable demise may have a far more reaching effect should other people be looked at as well. The character and professionalism of this man has been drug through the mud. Perhaps it just camr down to the old addage " You can't fight City Hall"

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9hammar(12 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

to kevsmi2- if you want to bring a wc case into light. the dumb ass falsified that also. yes it has been proven. I don't think you want to open that can of worms. where was the sexual harassment? wrong guy. this guy has been dodging bullets for years. did he get free car washes? how about tires? do you know what happened at ups? was he falsifying there too? absolutely. do your home work. scott myers did. let the record show that he swore an oath to up hold the public health. he has a badge. he broke the laws of the state health board. do you think chuck understood that? chuck thought playing both sides and giving 4000 CASH was ok.

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10hammar(12 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Forgot to answer a question. Who had the computer? When the BCI goes through a computer the material is dated. The porn in question was dated when Mr Davis had it in his possession. Nice try. There is always the possibility that someone broke into his office and planted it. Forced him to give up his pass word at gun point. Made him falsify all those forms. This might turn into a movie. The records were true. Too bad they were all falsified. The job isn't that difficult that he had to do what he admitted to. He just didn't have the time to do 2 jobs at the same time. UPS. YC. Check it out. Actually hes very lucky hes not going to jail. Remember he signed an agreement. aka Keep out of jail card. I think what some people are not understanding is that Mr Davis was treated as an attorney or police officer or any one else that is supposed to uphold the law. You don't just get a slap on the hand. His position was dealing with peoples health and their lives. So sad. I don't think his fight was with city hall. It was with himself to do a JOB.

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11hammar(12 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

To kev again. You might want to look up the history of the wc claim. I DID. The claim was in 2011. Mr Davis' actions were 2008 and going forward to 2012 and more. Again, nice try. The guy admitted everything. Why would you try to make it seem like he is a victim of falseness. Oh and by the way he is not part of a union. I would think if he was, he would not have had the pleasure of dealing with Scott Myers. If any one would like more info it is public record. Or post a question. Ill find the true answer.

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