Back in November, a day after being elected Governor, John Kasich announced that Beth Hansen, Tim Keen and Wayne Struble would be taking on the roles of Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Budget and Management and Director of Policy respectively. At the time, Hansen and Struble both worked on the Kasich campaign and Keen was working as a senior policy adviser to Mary Taylor in the Auditor’s office.

Dispatch stories from that day show the Governor indicating that this team, along with Ben Kanzeg from his campaign, would begin working on the transition immediately.

Kasich said Hansen, Keen, Struble and Ben Kanzeg, a deputy policy director on the campaign, will meet with John Haseley, Strickland’s chief of staff, and J. Pari Sabety, his budget director.

The Governor’s transition team is typically paid from a special fund set aside specifically for the transition. We requested the names and salaries of the individuals being paid from this fund (see document below) and the information shows that Hansen, Struble and Kanzeg – along with a number of other individuals – were indeed paid from this fund as expected.

Surprsingly, Tim Keen does not show up on this list. And neither does Mary Taylor, who also has been working on transition activities.

Now it makes sense that Governor Kasich would want to keep people off of this list. He not only ran his campaign on the promise to cut government spending but he also promised his transition would be funded with private money. So it’s obviously in Kasich’s best interest to make it appear as though his transition team is spending as little as money as possible.

The problem, however, is that Mary Taylor and Tim Keen were, according to multiple people familiar with the transition, working full time on transition-related activites for the past few months while still being on the Auditor’s office payroll.

There are many examples of Inspector General Charles investigating individuals for doing other work on state time. And if it turns out that Taylor and Keen have indeed been working on the transition instead of on work related to the Auditor’s office, we fully expect to see Randy Meyer – the newly appointed Inspector General – to investigate this matter despite the fact that, prior to being appointed IG, he was Mary Taylor’s chief investigator at the Auditor’s office.

It also seems worth a look by the new Auditor. According to Jo Ingles, newly sworn in Auditor Dave Yost promised his first task as Auditor would be to audit his own office.

Might I suggest that Taylor and Keen’s time logs top that list, Mr. Yost?

Here’s the list of names and salaries we received from OBM:


  • Anonymous

    In other news, since these numbers are the salaries that the transition already paid these folks, doesn’t the fact that they’re the same salaries as what Kasich submitted as their staff salaries post-transition seem to confirm that budget as being less proposed and more actual than the Administration tried to suggest?

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Laura Johnson somehow gets a raise from the transition to the government.

  • pragmaticlib

    We know that these folks don’t like the annoying rules and laws that get in their way of doing important things. This is ust one of many examples to come of the fact that Kasich and his people don’t feel compelled to follow the laws enacted by the General Assembly that appropriate money for specific purposes. Tim Keen working on transition ( for which there are appropriated funds) while being paid by the Auditor (to whom funds have been appropriated to do auditing work, not transition work unrelated to auditing) is entirely consistent with the overall “don’t bother me with the details” approach to law and governing. The Governor doesn’t get to spend state funds in whatever way he wants — the funds actually have to be expended for the purposes the General Assembly has appropriated them.

  • So it’s definitely against Auditor’s office policy. Does it venture into Misappropriation of Funds?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    well I have tried to look for a “formula” or just some info about the determination of how they decide on a governors etc salary
    I guess its determined by the economic state of that state– like what they think the jobs worth and what can be paid…then both houses ok this in the proposed budget?
    Strickland froze salaries when he came in to try and help and this guy is handing out bonus type salaries and claiming hes cutting spending..
    I am telling all of us now we need to start asking our congress people why are they allowing this ? they vote this stuff into law

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