Warren – The mysterious appearance of a six-month-old memo about recruitment issues at the Trumbull County’s Plumbing Engineer’s office amid the Trumbull County’s decision to remove the plumbing engineer is currently under review by the attorney who wrote it.
The May 15 memo was from plumbing engineer Matt Blair’s attorney to Trumbull County’s Commissioner Frank Fuda.
Blair is suspicious that the letter’s appearance could have been shamefully done.
When the Tribune Chronicle made record inquiries over the past few months for all records relating to staff in the plumbing engineer’s office, the memo was not among the documents provided. The newspaper’s record request came when then-plumbing engineer Randy Smith made public allegations of concerns about management, hiring and other staffing issues in the office.
Smith, who is also an elected road engineer in Trumbull County, was appointed to the dual role of plumbing engineer five years ago. The commissioners voted 2-0 on November 25 to terminate this contract and remove Smith as plumbing engineer. The outgoing Commissioner Dan Polivka abstained.
Last week, Blair said his May memo was not made available for public record in response to the Tribune Chronicle’s request because it has attorney and client rights and is therefore exempt.
Read more in the Tribune Chronicle on Sunday.
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