Jimmy Dimora remains voting commissioner; Dolan says 'resign'

4:55 PM, Sep 22, 2010   |    comments
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An agreement between Dimora and federal prosecutors prevents him from speaking to any county employee, unless his attorney is present.

The agreement also bans Dimora from voting or discussing any matters related to the following subjects:

Personnel decisions; the Juvenile Justice Center; the Cuyahoga County Engineers Office; halfway house services; any union or union matter; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; anything relating to a municipality referenced in his indictment and any items or individuals mentioned in the federal indictment.

Dimora must also not vote or discuss any agenda item subsequently identified by the U.S. Attorney's office or anything related to his attorney Dick Lillie.

Dimora also agreed that the U.S. Attorney's office is not required to reveal to him the reason that they are banning his discussion or voting on any item.

Can he effectively govern considering all these restrictions?

"I can effectively govern," Dimora told reporters. "Because most of the items we deal with are health and human service items. And the restrictions don't deal with those items, which is the lion's share of the budget in Cuyahoga County."

Hearing the news, Republican Cuyahoga County Executive candidate Matt Dolan again called for Dimora to resign.

"The judge's decision that Jimmy Dimora can still, in some capacity, act as Commissioner does not in the least mean that he should," Dolan said.

"I reiterate my call for Dimora to do the right thing for the people of this county and resign."

Dimora said he will be at Thursday's meeting and will likely have to abstain from some votes.

"They believe that I should abstain and not vote on those issues. That's fine, I have no problem with that," he said. 

Asked to assess the 26 charges against him, he said: "Again, I said before, I was no angel, but I'm telling you I'm no crook."

The restrictions leave most decisions up to Dimora's two fellow Democratic commissioners -- Peter Lawson Jones and Tim Hagan. A majority 2-0 vote is needed to conduct business.

A magistrate signed off on the work restrictions Wednesday as part of Dimora's bond release.

Dimora has pleaded not guilty in a wide-ranging federal corruption indictment.


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