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Three Cuyahoga County administrators indicted in corruption probe

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cuyahoga County grand jury on Friday indicted a member of County Executive Armond Budish’s cabinet and two former county administrators on corruption-related charges.

Chief Talent Officer Douglas Dykes, former Director of Corrections Kenneth Mills, and former IT administrator Emily McNeeley are charged with a variety of felonies and misdemeanors.

The charges are the result of a year-long investigation by County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s public-corruption unit, which has focused primarily on the county’s troubled IT Department and jails.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/01/three-cuyahoga-county-administrators-indicted-in-corruption-probe.html

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s computer hard drive taken during FBI raid

By Chris Anderson | February 14, 2019 at 12:54 PM EST - Updated February 15 at 8:27 AM

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation raided the offices of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on Thursday.

The search at the Cuyahoga County Administration Building near East 9th Street and Huron Avenue commenced at 11:45 a.m. and lasted for several hours before approximately nine federal and state agents left just after 3:30 p.m.

According to Cuyahoga County spokesperson Mary Louise Madigan, two computer hard drives, including the hard drive of Budish, one envelope, and five boxes of materials were taken during the raid.

 

 

http://www.cleveland19.com/2019/02/14/cuyahoga-county-executive-armond-budishs-computer-hard-drive-taken-during-fbi-raid/

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Didn't we just go through this, maybe a decade back?  We did.  Local government is just filthy here.  This above all is why we can't get anything done.

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What is the link between the PD editorial board and Armond Budish?? Something is very strange here.....

 

 


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I don't know if he's a criminal or not and I'd like the investigation to go as long as it needs to.  No it's not good for business, but neither is rampant corruption.  At some point we have to start doing local government right.

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On 2/25/2019 at 2:37 PM, 327 said:

I don't know if he's a criminal or not and I'd like the investigation to go as long as it needs to.  No it's not good for business, but neither is rampant corruption.  At some point we have to start doing local government right.

 

I don't think he's criminal, but I do suspect he's a poor enough administrator that criminal behavior is getting past him.   The investigation absolutely needs to continue and the idea that County Exec become an appointed position (as most city managers are) should be revisited.

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Allard posted a lengthy piece about the PD's editorial last week. The lengths people go to apologize for Budish and his administration are odd.

 

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/03/04/the-watch-dog-sleeps-clevelandcom-defies-logic-to-defend-armond-budish

 

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The Watchdog Sleeps: Cleveland.com Defies Logic to Defend Armond Budish

 

Cleveland.com’s undulating editorial posture toward Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and the ongoing corruption investigation boggles the mind. 

In a schoolmarmish declaration Sunday, the editorial board professed to be “dismayed” by the way Budish handled a public records request. His office had provided a letter to cleveland.com concerning health care issues at the beleaguered county jail that did not include two key paragraphs from an original draft sent to county council in June. 

The deleted paragraphs dramatized the ways in which Budish prioritized revenue above all other considerations at the jail, (including quality health care), and just sort of cast him in a dickish light. 

“It should also be noted,” Budish wrote to council in one of the deleted paragraphs, “that we must operate under a very tight, balanced, budget. So along with your generous offer to provide additional funds for jail healthcare, I look forward to your suggestions as to which programs should be cut to pay for it.” 

I look forward to your suggestions. Sheesh. Not exactly a slam-dunk deployment of sarcasm, seeing as the letter was delivered shortly before the first of eight deaths at the facility in the second half of 2018. 

Budish’s spokeswoman said that the version sent to council was not the “final, official formal” draft of the letter, and that paragraphs had been excised in the version sent to cleveland.com to “adjust the tone.” 

No kidding. Well, cleveland.com wouldn’t be suckered by that BS, (the obvious explanation being that Budish’s people deleted the paragraphs because they knew it made him look bad). Or, rather, cleveland.com was willing to be suckered, but just this once!

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Edited by Mendo

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