The Nov. 24 issue of The Morning Journal contained the headline, “Worker reprimanded over sign incident.” I remember being surprised and then upset that it was the county employee who was the one being reprimanded.
Perhaps a quick recap would be helpful. A county employee, using a county vehicle, was photographed picking up campaign signs for county Commissioner Mike Halleck.
But what I’m wondering is — why wasn’t Mr. Halleck the one who was reprimanded?? It is illegal to have county employees do your campaign work for you — even “off the clock.” And, yes, retrieving campaign signs is still part of a campaign (see Ohio Revised Code 124.57).
I feel for the employee being put in such a position. What was he supposed to say to his “boss” — “No”?
It seems obvious to me Mr. Halleck is the one who should really have been called out and reprimanded in this incident — not the county employee.
And, if that reprimand is on that employee’s record, it should be expunged.