The day before Thomas Charles is to be announced to run the Ohio Department of Public Safety after a campaign of going after Col. David Dicken, who Charles’ opposed his appointment in favor of someone else, the Ohio Department of Public Safety just announced that Dicken is resigning as Superintendent of the Ohio Highway Patrol and returning to the rank of Captain.  (Source: NBC Channel 4 in Columbus)

Either they’re giving Thomas Charles everything he’s ever wanted with this gig, or….

… the Strickland folks figured that Charles was going to fire Dicken anyways so they might as well appoint someone new before their term is up anyways so Charles doesn’t get to control the appointment decision.  Except that the position of Patrol Superintendent requires confirmation by the State Senate.

I have to say this stinks.  It’s looking like Tom Charles, who ruined countless people’s professional reputations with misleading, incomplete, and inaccurate information, is getting everything he’s ever wanted.  Even worse, it’s looking like the Strickland Administration is even clearing the decks for him.

  • Actually I don’t think there is a conspiracy here. Most likely Dicken wants to keep working for the patrol and the only safe way to do that is to move back down into the ranks.

    The Superintendent can most likely be fired by the Director but it’s pretty hard to fire a Captain since his job is guaranteed by union contracts, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Joseph. Captain is probably a protected civil service position.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Well with attack on the unions the civil service so called protection wont amount to a hill of beans — after next year most contracts will need re-newed–
    wont happen with this clown and his circus following

  • cbusdem

    Yeah I think Joseph is right here. The Superintendent should work closely with the director, he probably thought he’d resign before letting Charles start the campaign to fire him.

  • Yogi Berra

    For the sake of brevity, let’s just take the middle part of the run-on: “after a campaign of going after Col. David Dicken, who Charles’ opposed his appointment in favor of someone else”

    I agree with Joseph, but at least your logic isn’t worse than your grammar.

  • ThatDeborahGirl

    Don’t you clear the decks to minimize your losses before the storm hits? Why should they let Dicken be cannon fodder?

    The shit storm that is Kasich hasn’t even begun to hit Ohio. We’re going to be longing for the days of Ameriflora Voinovich as governor before it’s all said and done.

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