Cuyahoga county employee fired in election probe

2:43 PM, Jun 2, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Cuyahoga County employee has been fired for refusing to cooperate into an investigation of his suspicious candidacies in two Democratic primaries.

Cleveland's Plain Dealer reports that County Executive Ed FitzGerald cited insubordination and ethics policy requiring all employees to cooperate with the county inspector general Thursday when firing office assistant James Gallagher.

In 1996, Gallagher ran against Frank Russo for county recorder, but dropped out just before primary voting. In 1998, Gallagher again opposed Russo, but withdrew before the auditor primary.

Russo hired Gallagher for his offices after winning the elections.

The inspector general's probe couldn't conclude a direct link, and said Gallagher declined to cooperate on legal advice.

His telephone wasn't listed. Russo pleaded guilty in March to taking bribes as part of a wider corruption case.

The Associated Press

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