From the News-Herald:

Grendell added “We’re also discussing the idea of combining the Department of Public Service and Ohio Highway patrol and maybe consolidating some county offices. Why have a county treasurer and county auditor, why a county clerk of courts and recorder keeping records?”

First, the Ohio Highway Patrol already is a part of the Department of Public Safety.  It says so in the Ohio Revised Code.  As a lawyer and current chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, you’d think Grendell would have known that.

After all, Grendell held confirmation hearings involving the then-Director of Public Safety being potentially involved in an Ohio Highway Patrol investigation.  It kind of dominated the news for half a year.  I guess he was too preoccupied trying to figure out how to use the hearings to help get Kasich elected.

As for consolidating those county offices, it won’t save much money.  Sure, you’ll eliminate the overhead of one elected official and maybe a couple of managers.  But the reality is that these county offices don’t duplicate services.  Therefore, consolidation doesn’t really lower the level of staffing needed to provide the same services.  So, I can’t imagine eliminating the position of Clerk of Courts and Recorder, for example do much good.

And there’s a reason why you want someone different to audit the books another person keeps.  I don’t think I really need to go any further than that, right?

But, if Grendell is advocating consolidating the functions of the treasurer and auditor at the county level, then why not the State as well?

You could actually make a stronger argument because both offices have multiple state offices which serve largely public relation functions.  There could be real savings to be had.

I hope the Senate takes up Grendell’s cause and votes to either eliminate Republican State Auditor-elect David Yost or Republican State Treasurer-elect Josh Mandel!  Good thinkin’ there, Timmy.

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  • Augustus

    I think consolidation to a good idea to an extent. While I don’t think eliminating offices completely is a good idea, some of them don’t really make too much sense. In Summit County they don’t have a Auditor, Treasurer, or Recorder; It’s mashed into one office called Fiscal Officer. Something like that is reasonable and I wouldn’t mind seeing that being a statewide practice. As for combining statewide offices, I disagree. At the county level Auditor and Treasurer are similar in their job, but at the state they are completely different. Combining those too would be like having Rich Iott at a holocaust memorial.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I fail to see how the Treasurer and Auditor at the county level is really different at all from the State level, except in scale. Care to elaborate?

    I know Cuyahoga County is about to do the same thing as Summit. I’m sure nothing bad could come of it.

  • Augustus

    My thought is that the Average Joe wouldn’t like that idea, even if it was cost-efficient or more effective as a whole. People i’ve talked to scream accountability. It could leave government spending more open to scandal/controversy, but I guess that’s inevitable.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    and pretty soon you will have no separation of agencies — just one big agency ran by ? yes you guessed it the Governor and a select few of his buddies —
    does this sound familar?
    one party has taken over and one party wants to rule ( changing the rules for themselves as they go along) not all changes are good
    this has a bad taste to it —

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