Tom Charles, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS), will be quitting today.

We contacted DPS for more information but they have yet to return our call or put out an official statement on the matter.  It appears we weren’t the only ones taken by surprise.

Sources familiar with DPS claim Charles has been asked to leave by Governor Kasich after some recent disagreements.   John Born, currently the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, may be a likely replacement.

Prior to serving as DPS Director, Charles served as Ohio Inspector General and earlier worked for the Ohio Highway Patrol, a division of Public Safety.  Charles’ wife and son are still employed by the patrol.  When asked about possible conflicts of interest related to the family relationships, John Kasich attacked reporters claiming that their interest in “transparency and conflicts and other stuff” and “stupid rules and regulations” keeps getting in the way of him appointing all of his friends to cushy government jobs.

In 2010, then-Inspector General Charles led a series of politically-motivated investigations aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the Strickland administration during an election year.   Charles was quickly appointed to his current cabinet-level position after Kasich defeated Strickland.

Plunderbund is currently in the middle of lawsuit over public records with DPS.


The AP’s Julie Carr Smyth confirms that John Born is taking over for Tom Charles at DPS and also reports that “Charles may be tasked with monitoring ethics” at JobsOhio – an interesting development considering today’s revelation that 6 of 9 JobsOhio board members have financial connections to companies that received financial and tax assistance from JobsOhio and the Kasich Administration.


  • dmoore2222

    The repulican political elite canabalizing itself. What good news!

  • stryx

    Any chance @dispatcheditor will make sure to point out that the IG still hasn’t released the COINGATE report? The one about the biggest political scandal in modern Ohio history? Will anyone point out this failure? Perhaps if Tom Noe had wrapped wads of cash in packets of loose tobacco and tossed them over the wall at the Guv’s mansion to Bob Taft then Tom Charles and the Big D would have noticed.

  • stryx

    Seriously, from the Dispatch:
    Gov. John Kasich’s office announced early this afternoon that Charles was talking with JobsOhio officials about serving the privatized state economic-development nonprofit as an adviser. A source with knowledge of Charles’ plans said he could oversee JobsOhio compliance with ethics laws and guidelines.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • DublinIrishBob

    But, Ben Marrison tells me that there is a “veil of secrecy” falling over our state government and that he and his crack team are doing everything they can to lift this veil. The only place they bother to look for this veil is at the Columbus City Schools. How could you expect The Dispatch to find the veil that shrouds coingate if they don’t even think there ever was a coingate? In their opinion, Tom Noe was caught and sent to prison, end of story.

  • dmoore2222

    The Dispatch isn’t even in the game anymore. Serious voters don’t take anything they say seriously. They still think it’s a good idea to endorse candidates. People don’t care what they think about the candidates. It’s a new world order and the Dispatch doesn’t fit in. They just sell advertising.

  • DublinIrishBob

    I agree mostly with you about the standing of The Dispatch. I don’t think that they have much or any influence within Franklin County, but they do influence a lot of voters in the surrounding area. The paper sets the agenda for readers/voters in those counties and is right wing. And I also think they have influence over the state legislators, which hurts the rest of the state.

    You are absolutely right that they can’t find a way to fit in the new era of journalism. The cost-cutting measure they implemented of shrinking the size of the paper will prove to be ineffective within a few years when they realize that you can only do so much when your circulation is dwindling. With Central Ohio population growing year after year, they should be in better financial shape, but I don’t think that is the case.

  • dmoore2222

    Good thoughts. I realize the outlying areas are where this paper, and the republican party, have their greatest influence. They can scare the crap out of this bunch. But that’s an aging, shrinking population. And the younger families in those areas are not print media bound people. I think the voter numbers in those areas are pretty much maxed out, whereas the urban areas still have a lot of untapped votes. There’s just more of them to be had. At any rate, the forces that will be at work in 2014 are well established and beyond the Dispatch (which has to be really embarassed by Kasich’s lousy performance). It will be women, workers and minorities who send this dunce packing. I don’t think it will even be close.

  • dmoore2222

    JobsOhio has become an 8-headed monster. It could blow at any time. All it will take is one dismayed or disgruntled low-level insider. Kasich has constructed his own gallows.

  • DublinIrishBob

    Of course, The Dispatch will make a fortune during the elections. Not only from the newspaper, but WBNS-TV and radio.

    As to the outlying areas, they are growing, too, and The Dispatch is gaining some new readers. I mean towns like Kenton, Urbana, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Gallion, Mansfield, etc. They already have WBNS cabled into homes in these places. Central Ohio is growing at the expense of Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

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