Judge and Law Director at Odds Over Bailiff

A Warren Municipal court judge and the city auditor are at odds over a court employee’s right to retire and then be rehired by the city.

Judge Thomas Gysegem testified Monday in the 11th District Court of Appeals concerning his bailiff Louise Rollin. Rollin retired effective January 1, 2011 but was rehired shortly after.

Rollin’s attorney said city auditor David Griffing never sent in her paper work to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System so she can retire. The city maintains that Rollin cannot double dip because of city law.

Judge Gysegem contends that judges can hire at their discretion.

“They are saying, as I understand it, that she never retired. We are saying that she still works there because she never retired,” said attorney John Juhasz. “She wanted to retire, but she can’t retire until the fiscal authority, which is Auditor David Griffing, sends in the form saying this is the last date the city paid her.”

The judge requested closing arguments to be submitted in writing within 10 days.  A decision on the matter will be made at a later date.

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