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County workers get pass from law

By admin Published: February 9, 2011

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Summit County doesn't have to follow a state law that bars many public workers from engaging in partisan political activity, the county prosecutor has determined.

The county — thanks to its position as a charter government — has opted out of the Ohio law by creating its own Human Resource Commission, prosecutor's Chief Counsel Mary Ann Kovach ruled.

County leaders scrubbed the personnel policy of any reference to the law years ago, so it doesn't apply, she said.

County Executive Russ Pry sought the opinion after the Beacon Journal inquired last month about several elected officials working for the county and whether they were violating the law.

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