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Hearing set for today for county worker running for commissioner

March 7, 2012
By Nick Dutro - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

A hearing is set today for a county employee who filed petitions to run for Seneca County commissioner.

Paul Shoemaker, owner of Shoey's Cool Creations and a county employee, was given notice Tuesday of a predisciplinary conference due to allegations of misconduct as he has filed for a seat on the Seneca County Board of Commissioners, a violation of Ohio Revised Code 124.57. The hearing is at 1 p.m. today.

According to the code section, an officer or classified employee cannot file for partisan elections.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said the decision for the hearing is solely because his filing for the seat conflicts with state law, and said Shoemaker has been a "very good employee" with no complaints.

"It's nothing we want to do and nothing (the commissioners) can change. This is just the path we have to go down," she said.

The hearing is to be conducted by John Krock, Seneca County's human resource representative. The letter states Shoemaker can attend to state his case, be present while someone else gives a statement or waive his opprotunity for the conference, and is entitled to representation.

Shoemaker was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the hearing, effective after receveing the letter.

A call placed to Shoemaker was not returned Tuesday.



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