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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crime-buster Ray Charles to stay?

Crime-busting Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles, the former Geauga County resident who also attended Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, might be back in the news again.

As a top watchdog, he's worked under Republican former Govs. George Voinovich and Bob Taft plus Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland, who will be succeeded by Republican John Kasich.

No matter who the boss is, impartial Charles has investigated his share of cases. Some were under Republican Taft (Coingate and the NE Ohio Department of Transportation). Some were under  Democrat Strickland (alleged sting operation at the Governor's Mansion).

Now it's being said Kasich will retain Charles, this time as public safety director. If so, that been officially announced yet?

--David W. Jones


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