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Ontario Auditor's Working Hours And Residency Questioned

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/9/2013

Questions have been raised about how much, or how little, time Ontario City Auditor Mary Jane Hammond spends on the job. There are also concerns about whether she still lives in the city she was elected to serve. Mayor Larry Collins says Hammond has not been in her office very much since she resigned, then rescinded her resignation, late last year. Former city councilman and current mayoral candidate David Metzger works full-time as Hammond's deputy auditor, and Collins says while Metzger does not have the training to work as an auditor he's doing a good job. She continues receiving her $38,000 city salary, and has taken a job at RCD Sales, a recreational vehicle sales company in Hebron, in Licking County.  She is working there under the name Janie Baker.  Hammond still owns a home at 2411 Park Avenue West, and is still registered to vote at that address. Ontario resident and former Service-Safety Director Charles Au sent a letter to the Board of Elections saying the property is rented to others and the license plate sticker on her leased vehicle is for Fairfield County. Hammond refused to comment and raised her hand in front of a WMFD camera.  She did say she still lives in the house and says any claims it's rented are wrong. The Richland County Board of Elections will consider whether to conduct a hearing on her residency, and if found not to be a resident, the matter would be turned over to the prosecutor's office to possibly be removed from office. The Ohio Revised Code says "each person holding an elective office of a piolitical subdivision shall be a resident of that political subdivision".  And, "any person who fails to meet any of the requirements of this section that apply to the person shall forfeit the office. Meanwhile, a former city employee Hammond supervised and fired is suing her and the city in federal court. Sarah Sherk filed the suit March 5, seeking $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Sherk's lawsuit says on March 1, 2012, she became aware Hammond prepared and/or approved an "improper" purchase order for furniture for the office. The suit says Hammond directed Sherk to prepare a check to pay for the furniture and submit it to the treasurer's office. Sherk's suit says she approached Ontario Police about the purchase and Hammond fired her later that day.  

   
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