Prosecutor Ryan Styer has determined that New Philadelphia Income Tax Administrator Dixie Dyer committed no crime after he, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the New Philadelphia Police Department investigated allegations that Ms. Dyer wasn't working enough.
That's right -- a management issue turned into a criminal investigation, wasting taxpayer dollars and investigator manhours.
The whole thing, reported in The Times-Reporter, is just craziness.
Dyer answers to New Philadelphia Auditor Beth Gundy, who ultimately said Dyer is doing the job she was hired to do. If I'm reading correctly, why didn't the police -- if they were the first to receive the complaint from what appears to be disgruntled and/or jealous employees -- go to Gundy in the first place?
Why didn't the employees go to Gundy? Or the mayor?
Why did BCI get involved in a city of New Philadelphia management issue?
Why did the county prosecutor get involved in a city of New Philadelphia management issue?
For goodness sakes, it's New Philadelphia, not bureaucracy-laden, corruption-loving Cuyahoga County. Are the inmates running the asylum in New Philadelphia? Hello, is anybody in charge?
If Dyer's work ethic is an issue then it's one voters can take up with Auditor Gundy at the appropriate time. If I were on City Council, I might be asking questions how a management issue ultimately ended up on the desk of the county prosecutor via a state police agency.
Then I would apologize to Ms. Dyer.
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See you next time.