Trick or Treat – Mayor’s Pay in excess of $40 thousand a year
Halloween – October 31, 2014 – Mayor Gary Norton refuses to provide access to his pay stubs and W-2 Statements which may show that he has been receiving more than forty thousand dollars a years as voted by the public.
The November 2012 election brought East Cleveland Ohio voters out to stop their mayor from receiving over one hundred thousand dollars a year. According to the vote Norton was supposed to stop paying himself for jobs he does not perform for pay like Safety Director. The people did not allow him to double-dip however with three different finance directors in confusion and fear of losing their jobs Norton appears to be enjoying the same pay he had prior to the 2012 election.
Numerous public records requests pursuant to Ohio Revised Code from former Mayor Eric Brewer and verbal requests at many city counsel meetings from 44112News and the mayor refuses to disclose his pay check stubs and W-2 Statements.
It is time for everyone in East Cleveland Ohio to ask Mayor Gary Norton to reveal what is being paid. A public records request can be done by writing or verbally such as asking for that information at the next EC City Counsel Meeting, Wednesday November 5, 2014, 6:30 PM. CLICK HERE for the Agenda
For laughs and giggles call the Mayor or Law Office at: (216) 681-2169 and request to see all pay stubs from November 2012 to present and W-2 statements for 2012 and 2013 on Gary N. Norton Jr. Expect to be bamboozled and told that someone will get back to you or some other unusual answer.
The last time we asked for documents and then filed a Writ of Mandamus the two law directors under oath swore on a stack of bibles that the information was offered and we did not accept it. It was a sad situation that two lawyers lied under oath and risked us filing a report with Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel – Ohio Supreme Court. Rather than risk having their license to practice law in jeopardy no claim was made.
We are once again requesting to review, inspect and copy at cost (.05 cents a copy) Mayor Gary Norton Jr., pay stubs since election November 2012 and W-2 statements for 2012 and 2013. We are asking that all social security numbers be redacted however all numbers including calculation on his W-2 statements not be redacted per ORC 149.43. The request from Gerald Strothers will be sent via certified mail with a time table of nine days to comply. This time should the lawyers decide to lie under oath that these records have been provided consequences will follow.
It is Haloween 2014 today and children will be saying “Trick-Or-Treat” tonight but our rants and combined efforts will yield a “Trick” showing the mayor has been paid more than forty thousand a year, or a “Treat” watching Norton finally show transparency to the people of East Cleveland Ohio and the soon to be newly reelected Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Now let’s find out once and for all how much money we have paid our mayor since our vote two years ago. Hey Gary Norton – What’s in Your Wallet?
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