By: 63 Year Geauga County Resident
Geauga County’s workforce is infested with family ties and favor hires. There are entire families who work for Geauga County, and guess how they vote on levies?
Did you ever wonder how employees with little or no experience are promoted and have increased salaries, while other staff persons are overlooked for promotion and raises?
The Sheriff’s payroll looks like it was assembled by Ancestry.com. It’s no coincidence that there are duplicate names and spouses or children using different last names.
Jackie Rose was promoted to Jail Administrator and was not, by far, the most qualified for this job. Not only is she personally a nasty person, but she has the manners and grace of a chimpanzee.
There were other deputies who served longer and had exceptional credentials, but Jackie Rose was the niece of now Chardon Police Chief Scott Neihaus’s wife, and so she was promoted. Niehus worked for the Sheriff at the time she was promoted.
Disgraced former Auditor Frank Gliha’s wife and daughter work for the Department of Aging and they are doing quite well financially.
Jessica Boalt was hired with no experience or background. She has degrees in Music Therapy, which does not seem to lend itself to being hired as the Director of the Department on Aging. Except — she used to give lessons to the family of former County Administrator, David Lair. How is that for a “Family and Friends Hire?”
Jessica Boalt has been crafty about awarding bonuses or raises, she has learned that if she and Human Resources “rewrite” a job description, they can give salary increases without calling attention to the fact that the huge raises are going to the “Geauga Family & Friends” network! Boalt is spending money like a drunken pirate.
Jessica Boalt’s husband works for the county as well, wonder how he got the job! Did they perform a background check on Boalt’s husband?
Judge Terri Stupica strong-armed a local Police Chief to hire her son, even though he came to the job as a rookie. There were other police officers with years of experience who were overlooked because of Terri Stupica’s interference. My neighbor applied and he is highly experienced and credentialed. They did not hire him, but they hired Stupica’s son’s and her son’s best friend.
The most telling example of the nepotism in this county came from a complete stranger. During the county embezzlement investigation, Prosecutor Flaiz’s investigator Richard Warner was interviewing Tim Jackson, an employee of ITERSource who was doing subcontract work in Chardon for the late Steven Decatur.
At the end of the interview, Jackson was asked if he had any odd or suspicious dealings with Decatur. Jackson responded: “Not with Steve but I haven’t worked with government before; it seems as though, and this is purely candid, that there are a lot of people here with the same last name. There are a lot of them and something just felt weird in general. It sounds like if you don’t have the right last name you’re not protected.”
Richard Warner then jumped in with: “Yah, I’m the only county employee, I think, that doesn’t have a relative that also works for the county.”
Do you know someone who was hired in Geauga County because of family ties, connections or as a favor? Please, feel free to post, NAME NAMES!