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BW195910 Jan 2016 8:01 p.m. PST


This doesn't smell right. Should the fed's get involved as well as the local prosecutor, I thought it was a Federal law that a Guardsman on deployment couldn't lose his job.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2016 8:46 p.m. PST

Is it a real job?
Is it just some political thingie?
Does it pay anything?

Sounds more like politicians behaving badly over some position that hands out patronage.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2016 10:43 p.m. PST

Did you read the article. Winston?

A duly elected government official, legally protected in office when under military deployment, has been removed by two (probably politically opposed) politicians, one of whom was voted OUT of office by the electorate, and the removed official has been replaced by the politician who had lost the said election. That's not an issue of "patronage", that's a deliberate action to violate the law and thwart the will of the electorate. It's political corruption at its worst, even if it's "only a township position." Time to bring back the tar, the feathers, and the rail for these two scumbags.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jan 2016 6:10 a.m. PST

Beyond this article, if you read others on the issue, you find that it was the replaced member and one of his long-time (2+ decades) peers on the board. But the vacancy rules in Ohio require a majority of the five members on the last slate to declare a vacancy. Since Smith was voted out in November, he is no longer on that slate. He was on the slate before Valentine deployed, but wasn't when the meeting was held. Also, two is not quite a majority of five. The best part is the two, not a quorum under the township's charter, called an emergency meeting on December 31st to vacate the seat.

Dn Jackson11 Jan 2016 9:56 a.m. PST

Under the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act of 1975, no. you can not fire someone in the Reserves or Guard, who has been activated for service. How that applies to an elected position, I don't know. That said, Ohio law seems to clearly define his position as 'not vacated' due to his service. This appears to be the standard political garbage that I've grown all to familiar with in the county where I work.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2016 7:21 a.m. PST

'Standard political garbage' indeed, Dn Jackson…

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