A longtime Summit County Job and Family Services manager has been fired after officials said she asked one of her employees to work on cases involving the supervisor’s family and a friend.
It was the second time Rose Walton was busted for such an offense.
Walton, 51, who had worked for the county since 1987, was terminated Friday.
County leaders declined to comment on her firing, but personnel records show Walton was let go for asking “a subordinate to work on cases for [a] family member and friends which was impermissible.” An email in her file indicated it was a sister-in-law and a friend.
She also spent too much time on her cellphone with personal calls and failed to provide proper direction to her workers, the paperwork says.
Walton, whose salary was $61,422 this year, managed programs that included cash assistance, child-care services and food assistance.
She has 10 days to appeal the firing to the county Human Resource Commission. As of Monday afternoon, she had not taken that action.
A telephone number for her could not be found to seek comment.
Walton has a history of misconduct at the county.
She was placed on administrative leave, then suspended for 10 days in 2011 after being caught not verifying eligibility in several cases for food assistance, including one case involving her niece.
At the time, she said she thought it wasn’t a conflict of interest because it wasn’t her immediate family.
Walton also received an oral warning in March 1998 for failing to review cases, was suspended without pay for three days in November 1995 for submitting a false time card and was suspended for six days in August 1998 for submitting a false travel expense report.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com.