Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Ed FitzGerald announces shake-up at county auditor's office

With Gabriel Baird

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Ed FitzGerald announced a major shakeup Thursday at the scandal-plagued county Auditor's Office, including the elimination of nearly two dozen positions created by former Auditor Frank Russo.

FitzGerald also said he has asked for resignations from all members of the county's boards of revision, the panels that hear taxpayer challenges to property values. Board members who refuse to resign by Jan. 1 will be fired, he said at a morning meeting with Plain Dealer reporters and editors and at an afternoon news conference.

The announcements came after a months-long Plain Dealer investigation detailing how the boards routinely violated state law and county policies, raising questions about the legitimacy of decisions that erased hundreds of millions of dollars of property values.

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