From the daily archives: Friday, November 15, 2013

John Kasich’s Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray sent an email to everyone at ODOT this week announcing that District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford had been removed from his position, and District 5 Business and Human Resources Administrator Colleen Ryan had been placed on administrative leave.

Both Ryan and Rutherford are Republicans appointed to their positions under John Kasich.

Earlier this year Republican State Auditor Dave Yost praised Rutherford for his work at ODOT during a Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Guernsey County.

District 5 serves Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum and Perry counties. The district headquarters is in Jacksontown.

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The United Steelworkers released a new website this week, SaveOhioJobs.org, urging Governor Kasich to come back to the bargaining table to help save the jobs of nearly 1,000 Ormet employees who are now out of work and without health benefits.

Those layoffs came when the aluminum smelting companyshut down its Ohio factory last month after John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide the company a break on electricity rates. 

The new website features a very moving video featuring Ormet employees, many of whom are displeased with the Governor’s inaction, pleading with the Governor to help.

Here’s the video:

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