Ohio House agrees on new rules for removing officials who act improperly with taxpayer money

The Repository | Robert Wang

The Ohio House on Tuesday approved Senate changes to a local legislator’s bill that provides a new process to remove a county auditor or treasurer for misconduct. The bill is in response to a legal battle to remove then-Stark County Treasurer Gary Zeigler in 2010 and 2011.

House Bill 10, introduced by State Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township, now goes to Gov. John Kasich to be signed into law.

“I am honored to bring home a victory for Stark County,” Hagan wrote in a text message. “We have worked hard for nearly three years to ensure that loopholes are closed and taxpayer dollars are protected. Stark Countians were wronged, and now we know that there is much to protect them from such financial harm ever occurring again.”

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