Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingMore >>
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.More >>
On Tuesday, the elections office took no personnel action and has been removed from administrative oversight by Ohio Secretary of State John Husted. A statement provided from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office says "our office will hold the board accountable for their decisions."
"If the Secretary of State is willing to take us off oversight immediately, we need to make sure everybody is doing their job and plays as part of the solution and not part of the problem," said Board Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler.
During Tuesday morning's board meeting, the four members committed to renewing the search for a new elections building to put all operations under one roof.
"Hopefully we'll get that tackled, get under one roof, where we can have an early voting center, so we don't have to fight every year on a location for an early voting center," explained board member John Irish.
Additionally, a policy and procedure manual is in the process of being made. Before the next board meeting, all the members expressed a desire to finalize an organizational chart, which could include full job descriptions for everyone in the office.
"At our next meeting in March, we do expect the policies and procedures - and now, certainly, the job descriptions - to be available for our review," said Rothenbuhler.
Board member John Stainbrook motioned to fire all low-level staff and have them reapply. However, no one seconded the motion, so there was no vote. Stainbrook still defended his motion, saying it would address the need for changes.
"The only constant in this office has been - over the years - board members go, the deputy directors always go, but the employees have been the constant. And that's where Ron [Rothenbuhler] and I are getting all the trouble from. So that's what the situation was. And I think Anita Lopez did the same thing in the auditor's office and it worked for her," said Stainbrook.