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“Dear Paul, George and Anthony ..."

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published January 2, 2011

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Hey guys:          

I just wanted to make sure you saw the story amid the holiday hustle -- that the Children Services Board is rescinding its wage increase.

Click here in case you missed it.

This appears to me to be more conscionable than to, say, quietly slip in about 20 pay raises this summer, then appear at a 2011 budget meeting and discussing a 60 percent funding increase with much of it earmarked for prosecution staff raises.

Paul, I know you told me the prosecutor raises were “steps” or “ladders” or “scales” or something governmentese — a thinking and a process that most private industry workers don’t enjoy when the economy is in the tank.

It is in the tank, by the way. It's been in all the papers.

As I’ve written previously, it’s not solely about the cost — although that is a concern, especially when some of the summer pay bumps exceeded 6 percent.

But it’s mainly the posturing, the principal and the politicking. It simply smells.

Given the multitude of complex county contracts, I imagine there were many county workers who profited from this.

To make it even scrutiny for all — here’s what I plan to do in 2011:

I am filing FOIA paperwork with the county auditor’s office. Every month, I plan to get a printout of the Mahoning County PAR reports. “PARs” are the forms that initiate any pay change plans.

Each month, on this blog, I will list the pay raises that went through that seem questionable.

In this economy, sure, all pay raises can be deemed questionable. But there are county workers who clear probation status or are legitimately promoted or have their duties change significantly. Pay changes in those situations are to be expected. But not all situations fit that, I believe. The public can help be the judge.

You have a tough job. I don’t aim to make it tougher — just a little more transparent.



11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Hope you follow through and do it EVERY month.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


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3davidjohn(144 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


maybe i missed something

are you saying there have already been 20 pay raises

that were given this past summer

if so

you should list them

names and amounts

maybe that can be part of your effort

to print a few salaries every month

that to the average person would seem outrageous

because this has been going on for a long time

and the horses have already left the barn

in many offices

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4unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

well that stinks....especially when 26 people from the welfare office got laid off and some had quite a few years and will not get their pension. just plain stinks....keep a tab on them todd.

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5NoBS(2311 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

In the interest of transparency, do the Vindicator employees get yearly raises? Even "in this economy"??

Just askin'

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Vindy employees do not get govt money, so irrelevant if they get pay increases. But I'd bet most have taken it on the chin like the rest of society. Nasty strike a few years ago that did no god for anyone.

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