By Marc Kovac
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.