Ohio Democratic Party Files 7th Public Records Request For Resumes Of Treasurer’s Office Staff Following Josh Mandel Cronyism Scandal

Following 6 Requests Since April 2011, Mandel Still Refusing To Disclose Information Regarding At Least 47 Office Hires

Request Follows Shocking Report That Mandel Gave Political Cronies “High-Ranking Jobs” In Treasurer’s Office; Sent Top Aide To “Beginner’s Course In The Subject He Was Overseeing”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) filed its seventh public records request with the Ohio Treasurer’s office in its yearlong attempt to finally obtain resumes and cover letters for staffers Josh Mandel has hired.

The request follows shocking reports that Mandel gave “young, relatively inexperienced” campaign staffers top jobs in the Treasurer’s office and “dispatched a top aide to a beginner’s course in the subject he was overseeing.”

It is the ODP’s seventh request for this information over the course of twelve months.

In response to six previous requests – which can be viewed here – the Treasurer’s office sent incomplete and unnecessary information, or has yet to respond.

See the below excerpt from today’s public records request:

This is our seventh letter and public records request for public information on employees at the Treasurer’s office.  A chronology of the letters we’ve sent to your office is below our request.

We’ve tried several times to make this very specific request and the Treasurer’s office has still not provided the appropriate information.  Of the 60 names we specifically provided in our request of nearly four months ago, the Treasurer’s office only provided information for approximately 12 employees.  We’ve added six names of employees that were hired since we made our last public records request.

“After repeatedly slamming his Treasurer’s race opponent for alleged cronyism and promising to change course if elected, Josh Mandel went back on his pledge to Ohioans and surrounded himself with political cronies and friends,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “Until Josh finally discloses the resumes for the staffers he’s hired at taxpayer expense, Ohioans are left wondering just how deep cronyism runs in the Treasurer’s office under Mandel. Between his numerous questionable hires and his reluctance to disclose public records, Josh Mandel has proven once again that he can’t be trusted.”

Complete Text From The Letter Sent To The Treasurer’s Office Is Below

April 10, 2012

 

The Honorable Josh Mandel
Office of the Ohio Treasurer of State
Mr. Seth Metcalf
General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer
30 E. Broad Street, 9th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215 

Re: Public Records Request

Dear Mr. Metcalf:

This is our seventh letter and public records request for public information on employees at the Treasurer’s office.  A chronology of the letters we’ve sent to your office is below our request.

We’ve tried several times to make this very specific request and the Treasurer’s office has still not provided the appropriate information.  Of the 60 names we specifically provided in our request of nearly four months ago, the Treasurer’s office only provided information for approximately 12 employees.  We’ve added six names of employees that were hired since we made our last public records request.  

 This is a request pursuant to Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 for the following specific records:

  1. All records, including without limitation documents and communications whether stored electronically or in hard copy, relating to the resumes and/or cover letters of the specific employees listed below who are or were employees of the Office of the Ohio Treasurer of State between January 10, 2010 and April 10, 2012.  If resumes and/or cover letters were not requested by the Treasurer’s office and are not on file, please note which individual employees do not have such records on file at the Treasurer’s office. 

Joseph Henry Aquilino
Rishi Bajaj
Joshua Philip Berger
Jennifer Biedenharn
Christopher John Berry
Ryan Adam Bilsky
William Joseph Bishilany
Gretchen Janet Blazer
Erin L Brown
John S Chapman
Diana L Chime
Nicholas A Ciofani
Jennifer E Day
Jeremy D Diamond
Judith Faye Diamond
Jessica Draggar
Karen L Evans
Mary E Fischer
Joseph Forkin
Sante J Ghetti
Scott Matthew Guthrie
Angela M Hawkins
Erin M Honnold
Krista Marie Infante
William Lawson Johnston III
Susan E Kennell
Megan K Kish
Dusten Kohlhorst
Haley Taylor Lodge
Marslyn Garrison Longnecker
Michael R Lord
Walter S Lowe
Mary Maxfield McCleary
Heather Lynn Menze
Seth James Metcalf
Conrad Metz
Brian James Miller
Katherine S O’Brien
Brian Gregory Paul
Joel W Riter
Gordon Christopher Short
Christopher D Shumaker
Steven E Snyder
Sara Starfield
Eric Krenzler Synenberg
David Ivan Turkovic
Seth Foster Unger
Dexter Flynt Vaughan
Jacob Michael Wallace
Dana Beth Wasserman
Brittany LeAnn Williams
Lauren Yopp 

Please produce the requested records within a reasonable period of time.  We anticipate that many of these records will be easy for your office to produce since we have been requesting these specific records for almost one year, and we request that you produce them on a rolling basis as you are able to copy or otherwise reproduce them.  We do not wish to wait until you have gathered all of the requested records before you produce them.  Please let me know when you anticipate producing records.

If there is any information that will be excluded or any materials that will be redacted (other than Social Security numbers) pertaining to our request, we want to know those categories and under what privacy law or other provisions they are withheld or redacted.

Should any portion of this request be denied, in part or in whole, the law requires written justification for its denial, along with a citation of the appropriate Open Records Act exemption that applies for each record, or portion thereof, that is withheld or redacted.

As promised, below is a chronology of the basic public records requests submitted by the ODP to the Treasurer’s office.

April 15, 2011 – First request sent for resumes and/or cover letters for individuals employed by the Treasurer’s Office between January 1, 2010 and April 15, 2011. Request also asked for resumes and/or cover letters of individuals who submitted them for consideration, regardless of employment outcome, from November 2, 2010 to April 15, 2011.

June 6, 2011 – Second request sent for resumes.

July 26, 2011 – Third request which clarified ODP request for all resumes of individuals hired between November 2, 2010 and July 26, 2011.

November 30, 2011 – Fourth overall request to include all resumes for individuals hired between November 2, 2010 and November 30, 2011.

December 20, 2011 – Fifth overall request for all resumes for individuals hired after January 10, 2011. This request included 60 specific names to avoid ambiguity.

January 4, 2012 – Sixth overall request for resumes from ODP in response to the Treasurer’s office letter on December 30, 2011.  The letter that stated there were two sets of CD’s with the appropriate information. The CD’s were never actually enclosed with the letter.

If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Michael Carrozzo at (614) 221-6563 or at mcarrozzo@ohiodems.org.

Sincerely,

Michael Carrozzo
Ohio Democratic Party
Researcher

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