Wow: Ohio agency head who snooped on Joe the Plumber resigns

posted at 8:16 pm on December 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

Huh. Remember, she was given what we thought was a wrist-slap suspension for one month following the election. Not such a wrist slap after all, as it turns out: Not only is she out, two other managers involved in accessing Wurzelbacher’s records are gone, too.

Ah well. Jobs come and go, but there’s only one One.

Jones-Kelley was scheduled to return to work Monday following a one-month suspension without pay.

Today’s action comes just hours after the Senate approved a measure cracking down on state workers who improperly conduct checks involving people’s personal information. Republicans complained that Gov. Ted Strickland, who promised to set a high ethical standard as governor, was letting her off far too lightly…

The administration last night fired Doug Thompson, the deputy director of child support who was scheduled to return to work Monday following a one-month suspension without pay.

Fred Williams, assistant agency director, has resigned effective January 31. He recently returned to his job after a week suspension without pay.

I guess Thompson wouldn’t, ahem, “resign.” Question: Did Strickland intend to fire them all along and put them on leave to buy time until public interest died down so he could do it quietly? Or was he hoping to bring them back and had his hand forced by the prospect of another round of bad publicity after the Senate bill passed, replete perhaps with a civil suit filed by the JTP? (Cynical blogger says: The latter, of course.) Here’s her resignation statement, via the Dayton Daily News. She’s very worried indeed about politics becoming a distraction from urgent state business. Now, that is. During the campaign? Not so much.


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That’s quite a resignation statement, considering it comes from a smarmy political whore.

jay12 on December 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Or was he hoping to bring them back and had his hand forced by the prospect of another round of bad publicity after the Senate bill passed, replete perhaps with a civil suit filed by the JTP?

This one gets my vote.

abcurtis on December 18, 2008 at 10:05 AM

I see by her resignation statement she admits no wrong doing, only that she was a victim of politics. My advice to her is go back and listen to that sermon she referenced again.
Good bye, sweetie, and good luck. And dont let the door hit you on the way out. I’m sure you”l find another position where you can serve the “public interest” and wont be such a victim.

abcurtis on December 18, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I hope that Vanessa Niekamp, the woman who got dragged into all this but was ethical enough to blow the whistle, gets a big fat Christmas bonus… and a promotion.

Y-not on December 17, 2008 at 8:31 PM

+1

Branch Rickey on December 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

All of you who think she is going to get a job with the Obama administration are deluded.

Obama’s crew is much more sophisticated than that.

She will get a job, probably at about twice her old salary, with a “non-profit” like ACORN or some other Soros funded organization, or perhaps a union like SEIU.

After a couple of years toiling at that job, she will be returned to the governmental payroll somewhere.

Narniaman on December 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM

If she had any integrity, she’d also issue a public apology. Her transgression was public and requires public closure from her. Instead, in accord with the Democratic way of life, she plays the victim card.

GoodSamaritan on December 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Surely there is a privacy law broken? Can’t Joe’s lawyers swear out a criminal complaint in front of a magistrate? Along with the civil one he should file?

riverrat10k on December 18, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Several years ago, my co-pastors delivered separate sermons about “punctuation”.

Were these her co-pastors???

Snowed In on December 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Here’s a question: does she get a pension out of it?

The chaplain who was kicked out of the military under Bush for insisting on praying ‘in the name of Jesus’ lost his pension

entagor on December 18, 2008 at 11:29 AM

…and takes a job with ACORN at a higher rate of pay.

Vashta.Nerada on December 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Strickland had no intention of firing these people. He had his nuts placed in a vise by the GOP and some of the state media and had to act.

The government employees union in Ohio is so cushy that if she didn’t tick them off during her stay she could wind up in a nice position that will pay nearly as much and have zero responsibility. She’ll be fine.

grdred944 on December 18, 2008 at 11:46 AM

The chaplain who was kicked out of the military under Bush for insisting on praying ‘in the name of Jesus’ lost his pension

entagor on December 18, 2008 at 11:29 AM

And this has what to do with Ohio state employees who abused their authority to access records?

grdred944 on December 18, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Yeah, I was thinking ACORN would be a good fit for the skank, too.

NahnCee on December 18, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Her “life of service” is nothing more than a life of leechdom.

and takes a job with ACORN at a higher rate of pay.

Vashta.Nerada on December 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Or a position in the Obama cabinet. No experience required.

Badger40 on December 18, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Her “life of service” is nothing more than a life of leechdom.

and takes a job with ACORN at a higher rate of pay.

Vashta.Nerada on December 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM
Or a position in the Obama cabinet. No experience required desired.

Badger40 on December 18, 2008 at 12:29 PM

FIFY

44Magnum on December 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM

My question is this; when are these people going to be indicted? If anyone such as Jones-Kelly or Thompson had an “R” in front of their names, you know damned well they would be facing indictment.

nelsonknows on December 18, 2008 at 4:26 PM

What took so long? She should have been fired out-right.

Maxx on December 18, 2008 at 6:25 PM