Judges to decide if auditor can stay on the job


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A special panel will decide if Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino can stay on the job.

After waiting the required 14 days, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced Friday a special three-judge commission has been appointed to consider the suspension of Sciortino, who’s been charged with felonies relating to official conduct in office.

On May 29, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed an action at the Ohio Supreme Court to commence the suspension proceedings.

The retired judges named to the commission are:

  • Retired Second District Court of Appeals Judge Thomas J. Grady.
  • Retired Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge David C. Faulkner.
  • Retired Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy S. Hogan.

According to the statute, within 14 days, the special commission must make a preliminary determination about whether Sciortino should be suspended from office. Sciortino will have an opportunity to contest the decision at a commission meeting within 14 days of the decision. After that, a final determination will be made.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, who is also charged with misconduct in office, is exempt from a commission ruling on his position because he was county commissioner at the time of the alleged crimes and no longer holds that position.

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