COLUMBUS, OHIO – Late tonight, Governor Kasich’s office confirmed that in the near future Director Christiane Schmenk will leave her leadership role overseeing the Development Services Agency (DSA).
Schmenk’s departure comes amid a growing scandal concerning Governor Kasich’s use of funds for JobsOhio, his private economic development agency that is not subject to the same type of transparency requirements as many state agencies. Recent reports revealed that DSA may have illegally transferred millions of taxpayer dollars for JobsOhio’s use, and most questions about the transfer have gone unanswered. The Kasich Administration has yet to respond to Republican Auditor David Yost’s subpoena for financial information for JobsOhio so he can conduct a full audit of the organization’s finances.
In response to the news of Schmenk’s departure from DSA, State Representative John Patrick Carney issued the following statement:
“After seemingly misappropriating millions in taxpayer dollars for Governor Kasich’s slush fund JobsOhio, it appears the Administration is lining up Director Schmenk to take the blame. Kasich has stonewalled repeated requests from the State Auditor for financial information, so it’s no surprise he’s had months to plan a shuffle in leadership at the Development of Services Agency to cover-up any potential wrongdoing with JobsOhio.
There are still more questions than answers surrounding JobsOhio, Mark Kvamme, and the Governor’s use of taxpayer dollars. It’s time the Governor came clean, complied with the subpoena, and opened JobsOhio’s financial books up to the public.”