City to take felony question off job applications

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It is estimated that one out of every six Ohioans has an arrest or conviction record and that includes 10,000 people in Youngstown.

Youngstown City Council passed a resolution Wednesday night supporting fair hiring and will now be taking one question off city job applications: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

Mayor John McNally pushed for the change to help those people get involved in society.

“We don’t have to outright ban them from employment. It doesn’t affect police and fire. If someone has an embezzling conviction, they are not going to handle money,” said McNally. “It is something cities like Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland have all approved.”

Potential hires would still have to pass a state and FBI background check.

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