By Julie Carr Smyth
COLUMBUS: State records obtained by The Associated Press show Ohio Gov. John Kasich withdrew paperwork nominating an EPA director from out of state and resubmitted it after the man registered as an Ohio voter.
The move involving Ohio Environmental Protection Agency appointee Mark J. Nally came three days after Kasich reassigned another out-of-state Cabinet director amid questions his residency made the appointment illegal.
Then-Development Director Mark Kvamme lives in California. Kasich re-named him job-creation director, a non-Cabinet position.
Legislative legal experts advised Senate Democrats that governors' Cabinet appointees were required to be Ohio residents and voters. The liberal policy group ProgressOhio.org sued.
Kasich said he was confident the administration could have won the lawsuit but wanted to avoid the distraction.
Nally's situation is different. He moved to Ohio to take the EPA job.