$50,000 Pay Raise

By: Mary K. Berger

UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONERS, THIS IS A PERMANENT RAISE

Geauga Public Defender Robert Umholtz must be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. His pay in 2018 was $86,807 but, according to 2019 records from the county auditor’s office, last year his salary was $136,351.

He comes in at second place for highest wages in the county, behind the terminally inept prosecutor, James Flaiz, who scores in at just over $140,638. Umholtz’s will now be the same as Flaiz’s. (By the way, there were only two criminal trials last year. Each judge had one. All other 130 bound-overs from Muni court were pled out or handled by magistrates.)

Umholtz and Flaiz are both “plead ’em out” guys. According to the records of the OH Supreme Court, there were only two (2) criminal trials last year in Geauga Common Pleas Court. Both Judge Ondrey and Paschke each had one. Anyone besides me think they are all overpaid?

Did Ulholtz acquire X-ray vision, can he stop a speeding bullet? Cure cancer? What could possibly be the reason his pay went up $49,544?

Anyone with an answer PLEASE respond.

BY THE WAY, GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TO SHOP AT ALDI’S OR WALMART.

7 thoughts on “$50,000 Pay Raise

  1. Maybe he gave some of that money to the Lynches when they attempted to pay off Mullins to drop out of the recorder race and promised her a job.

  2. Umholtz never retired. I heard he went to a commissioners meeting and bitched about the size of Flaiz’s salary until they gave him a huge raise.

  3. To Recorder office: Do you have any proof of this or are you speculating. I suspect you are worried about losing your job. This county is filled with lying pathetic losers.

  4. Researched average pay in OH for estimated salaries for Public Defenders. The estimated salary for a public defender is $65,397 per year in Ohio. (Just what Umholtz was making.)

    As of Jan 21, 2020, the average annual pay for a Public Defender in Ohio is $63,778 a year. While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $165,516 and as low as $22,317, the majority of Public Defender salaries currently range between $42,308 (25th percentile) to $70,669 (75th percentile) in Ohio.
    Reference:

    Public Defender Annual Salary in Ohio ($63,778 Avg | Jan 2020 …

    Umholtz must have pitched a fit or lied to the Commissioners about what others are making. They, of course, took him at his word.

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