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Board Tables Decision Regarding Ontario Auditor

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  Original Published: 5/7/2013

The Richland County Board of Elections approved a motion Monday to table taking any further action regarding investigating the residency of Ontario Auditor Jane Hammond.

Board of elections director, Paulette Hankins said the board of elections received a complaint letter on April 4 raising questions about Hammond's residency. Au is the former Service-Safety Director of the city of Ontario.

"We received a letter from Charles Au in Ontario claiming Jane Hammond the city auditor did not reside in Richland County. Subsequent to that letter we received a letter on April 15 from Jane Hammond saying she would be resigning as of May 31," Hankins said.

Hammond originally announced her retirement from her position effective Feb. 28, 2013 in a letter dated Nov. 21 to Richland County Democratic Chairman Joe Mudra. Hammond later rescinded it in an email to Mayor Larry Collins, Council President Dan Zeiter, Treasurer Linda Stoodt and Dave Metgzer on Dec. 21, 2012. 

The board of elections had been investigating the claim that she lived and worked outside of Richland County.

Hammond sent an email on Feb. 12 to the city of Ontario law director stating she was living temporarily in Millersport, Ohio with her brother.

Hammond is employed as the business manager at RCD Sales Co. in Hebron.

Hammond said she had been hospitalized after suffering a mini stroke caused by hypertension and stress.
  
"The board decided to table the issue. If Hammond does not resign on May 31 we'll hold a hearing to discuss the matter," Hankins said.    

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. Sherks 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 fiurniture and submit it to the treasurer's office. Sherk's suit says she approached the Ontario police about the purchase and Hammond fired her later that day.

   
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