Instead, Croft withdrew her guilty plea and pled guilty to all three felony charges that involved stealing $26,268 while she was in office. Agreed to an emergency contract with Ohio-West Virginia Excavating in the amount of $41,450 to make repairs to a bridge on county Road 72, which was damaged by flood waters on Aug. 20. ), Today's breaking news and more in your inbox. The commissioners want to tear down the annex building to make room for parking for courthouse visitors. Following an executive session at the regular meeting, Dawn Croft was terminated as of 4 p.m. May 11 by a unanimous vote. He said he recently met with state EMA officials to discuss the damages and the possibility of state funding. MANSFIELD - Details surrounding the recent termination of Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan are still not clear from documents in his personnel file. “During the course of their working relationship, certain disputes arose between Brenda Austin and certain members of the county administration. Commissioners also agreed to pay McKinley & Associates, a Wheeling architectural firm, up to $1,200 to do a space utilization study of the Towers. Croft is being represented by defense attorney Charles C. Amato, but during Thursday’s arraignment hearing before Judge Scott Washam, she was represented by Amato’s colleague, Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik. The department's previous internal affairs unit had been disbanded in 2017. In addition to the seven firings, Warden Susan Novak retired in the midst of the internal investigation at Columbia Correctional Institution. She told the judge she is currently self-employed in construction. It is now up to the governor’s office to make a decision of whether state funding will be released. Austin claimed because her past complaints about Croft were ignored, she bypassed county commissioners and went directly to the county prosecutor’s office, resulting in Croft’s indictment on theft charges. Inmates Thomas E. Deering and James R. Newman escaped the Portage prison in April, likely by jumping over two security fences. Croft will be sentenced for her crimes on July 15th. A description of the violation on Aug. 13, 2015 stated, "The employer became aware in February 2016 that you exhibited gross neglect of duty by making employment decisions without prior authorization which created liability for the county." LISBON — The Columbiana County dog warden has been fired one week after being placed on administrative leave. But there's a new Dog Warden in Columbiana County, and she tells 21 News there are rules in place now to make sure the public's money is safe. John Parker, county Emergency Management Agency director, said there was more than $1 million in damage to roads, bridges, stormwater pipes and culverts. © 2020 www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com. She had been making about $107,000 a year. You may contact Columbiana County Dog Pound for questions about: Finding lost cats … He also owned a commercial cleaning company. Today's breaking news and more in your inbox, I'm interested in (please check all that apply). The assistant dog warden was named as acting dog warden in the meantime. He completed the North Central State College Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Basic Program and also served in the U.S. Army National Guard, according to his personnel file. One other employee was investigated but was cleared of wrongdoing. Croft’s bond was continued and no date has yet been set for her to return to court. LISBON — An apparent undisclosed settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by a former Columbiana County Dog Pound employee who says she was fired after alerting authorities the dog warden was embezzling funds. "We thought we could do better than this," he said. Croft was indicted by the Columbiana County Grand Jury last June, more than two years after the county commissioners voted unanimously to terminate Croft's employment as dog warden. Approved a Road Use Maintenance Agreement with Chesapeake Energy for a new gas well in Wayne Township. Meanwhile, in October 2016, Austin was laid off. The vouchers will be processed beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday at the agency and will be available until all the money is distributed. The escape resulted in numerous prison employees being put on paid leave, including the prison's top three leaders. Commissioners Thomas Graham and Tom Gentile said Bell violated county employee policies, which could lead to termination of employment. More than 90 interviews were conducted as part of the personnel investigation, which was conducted by an internal affairs division that was established in December 2019. Jordan's payout on his termination date of Feb. 19, 2019, for the pay period of Feb. 20, 2019, was $11,852.35 for unused vacation time and $615.60 for personal time. Rudzik Excavating, which installed the sewer lines, submitted a request for an additional $110,000, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the supplier of grants and loans for the project. He said the commissioners couldn’t take action against Bell until the commissioners met. Croft's termination came a week after commissioners placed her on administrative leave after receiving information "suggesting irregularities in the operation of the dog pound." He used two shovels to try to stop the one pit bull, which had its jaws around the other dog’s neck. Although there are not many details being released about how Croft stole the money while she was in charge of the county dog pound, after the hearing county Prosecutor Robert Herron talked about how important it is for those in these positions not to violate the public trust. The other five who were fired and the one who was suspended without pay can appeal their discipline. LISBON — An apparent undisclosed settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by a former Columbiana County Dog Pound employee who says she was fired after alerting authorities the dog warden was embezzling funds. Ferron hopes families use the vouchers to purchase winter clothing for their children. Graham and the board of elections favors a move to the first floor the Towers. In addition to the seven firings, Warden … A judgment entry signed by the visiting judge in the case was filed last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court by the county’s attorney stating the lawsuit filed by Brenda Austin was being dismissed by all parties. Nearly three years after she was fired from the job, the former Columbiana County Dog Warden is expected to enter a plea in a criminal case. The three commissioners — Vero, Marilyn John and Darrell Banks — voted unanimously to terminate Jordan, he said. Jordan was was working as the only sworn officer on staff following a reduction in force which left Jordan, one office staff member and three kennel attendants to handle all calls, according to the personnel file. He said he personally checked the dog and talked with a veterinary technician at the animal shelter about the health of the dog. Graham said abuse of humans or animals by county employees on the job won’t be tolerated. Larry Fuchs has been serving as interim warden since Novak and the others were put on leave. Deering had been convicted of kidnapping, burglary and three counts of second-degree sexual assault in Milwaukee County in 2001, according to online court records. The dog wasn’t injured. According to a motion for a summary judgment filed May 8 by the defendants, Casto had a number of work performance issues over the years, including what were described as two “major” mistakes she made in 2018 before quitting. Before Croft was indicted, commissioners fired her and appointed Heidi Pecorelli dog warden. LISBON — The Columbiana County dog warden has been fired one week after being placed on administrative leave. Herron said a special audit was requested after it was determined money was being stolen from the organization. Columbiana County Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble told Judge Megan Bickerton that the plea deal calls for Croft to serve three 12-month concurrent sentences in prison and pay restitution for the more than $26,000 she stole from the Dog Warden's office between 2015 and 2016. • Failing to follow up in a timely manner on a directive made to an employee to provide a statement regarding the Nov. 10, 2004, incident. Copyright © Morning Journal | https://www.morningjournalnews.com | 308 Maple Street, Lisbon, OH 44432 | 330-424-9541 | Ogden Newspapers | The Nutting Company, “During the course of their working relationship, certain disputes arose between Brenda Austin and certain members of the county administration. Former Columbiana County dog warden Dawn Croft pleaded not guilty to three felony charges when she made her initial appearance Thursday in common pleas court. The bridge closing is causing a lengthy detour for residents and school bus drivers. The Columbiana County commissioners fired the dog warden May 11. Any money that comes in through the door is receipted immediately. The Columbiana County commissioners fired the dog warden May 11. Today's breaking news and more in your inbox. Austin worked part-time as a deputy dog warden when she reportedly discovered in January 2016 that Dog Warden Dawn Croft was pocketing cash donations. Dawn Croft, 43, of East Palestine had been scheduled to go on trial on Wednesday on charges of theft in office, money laundering, and tampering with records. County commissioners on Wednesday voted 3 … "We worked hard at changing some of the policies.". When Jordan started at the Richland County Dog Shelter in 2004, it was common practice to euthanize 200 dogs a month, the News Journal reported in February 2018. County Engineer James Branagan said concrete was poured for a new abutment but it has to cure for at least two weeks. Croft pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2019 to one year in prison and ordered to repay $26,268 to the county. In March 2005, Jordan was reprimanded for: • Not following the department's adoption policy regarding a dog … The attorney for Greta Casto filed a motion in common pleas court on June 8 dropping her lawsuit without prejudice, which means it can be refilled within one year. He noted in the file that he only made three to five stops in his 13 to 14 years on the job. Weber was making about $95,000 and Gustke about $80,000 when they were let go on Thursday. Approved the county auditor’s office buying a new pickup truck for the weights and measures inspection crew. “But I cannot tolerate job performance that compromises public safety.". Graham said he favored the purchase of the Towers as a place for public offices. Gentile said he went to the animal shelter on Saturday and talked to a sheriff’s deputy who investigated the incident. Croft had worked at the dog pound starting in January of 2006 and promoted to the dog warden position after eight months. A lawsuit filed against Columbiana County Dog Warden Heidi Pecorelli in the county's Common Pleas Court, alleges that 10 dogs were taken from the home of Christine Grace unlawfully in April of 2017. They were apprehended a day later after they visited a homeless shelter in Rockford, Illinois. LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – The former Columbiana County dog warden accused of stealing from her office has been sentenced two 12 month sentences.. … In other matters, Elizabeth Ferron, county Job and Family Services Department, said the county has received $400,000 in additional funding for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. In case you missed it:Commissioners: Providing deputy dog warden for city would cost almost $88K. She was later dismissed from the lawsuit by the judge. Former Columbiana County dog warden Dawn Croft pleaded not guilty to three felony charges when she made her initial appearance Thursday in common pleas court. Approved an agreement with Regency Utica Gas Gathering for an easement of county property near Friendship Park.