COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state watchdog says the head of the board overseeing Ohio's beauty salons improperly intervened in a salon's attempt to discipline a contractor renting a booth from the business.
The Office of the Inspector General says Board of Cosmetology Executive Director Jim Trakas, of Independence, should not have required the salon to retain the independent contractor in exchange for eliminating a fine against the salon.
An Inspector General report Tuesday said Trakas told owners of the Aqua Hair Salon in suburban Columbus he would make a $500 fine "go away" if they retained the contractor an additional two to three months.
The report says the salon had had problems with the contractor's work station cleanliness, language and behavior.
A message was left with Trakas, a former longtime Republican lawmaker, seeking comment.