Sunday, March 6, 2011

Prosecutor Bill Mason's family tree plants deep roots in Cuyahoga County government

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The branches of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason's large family tree have blossomed in state and local government.

During Mason's two-decade career in politics, taxpayers have paid his relatives more than $2.2 million in salary, a Plain Dealer review of public payrolls and other records has found.

At least 13 of his family members have received a public job -- several of them more than one -- since Mason began his climb in 1991 by winning a City Council seat in Parma.

The county has hired 10 of those 13 since Mason became prosecutor in 1999. Four are nieces he hired for his own office. A fifth woman, whom Mason hired as a paralegal, was engaged to one of his nephews when she applied but listed no legal training on her resume.

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