Malvasi's job as jail doctor would limit duties as coroner, ethics commission says


The Ohio Ethics Commission said Wednesday that “significant restrictions” in ethics laws may prohibit Dr. Phillip Malvasi from serving as Trumbull County coroner while continuing as the county jail doctor.

The opinion letter says ethics laws “may either absolutely prohibit, or severely limit, your ability to provide medical services to the county jail if you are elected county coroner.”

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, the former coroner, died April 20.

The opinion says Dr. Malvasi also would need to be able to “withdraw as coroner from conducting or supervising any autopsies or investigations into the death of any inmate who was under your care. These duties must be performed by someone who is not appointed or supervised by you.”

The letter says Dr. Malvasi would have to meet four requirements to have the contract for jail medical care while also coroner.

Read more about the matter in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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