July 25, 2016

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Clerk of courts employee placed on leave

A Medina County Clerk of Courts employee who worked with the clerk’s problem-plagued computer system was placed on paid leave Tuesday.

Cynthia Tyree, an employee hired by Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth shortly after his election to office two years ago, was escorted from the premises by sheriff’s deputies who work as courthouse security.

David Wadsworth

David Wadsworth

Wadsworth said that’s standard procedure for employees placed on leave.

Wadsworth declined to say why Tyree was placed on leave, saying he didn’t think that was a public record.

Wadsworth forwarded a public records request from The Gazette to the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday afternoon.

“HR personnel matters are certainly sensitive,” Wadsworth said, “and we try to respect their privacy.”

Tyree is paid a $34,440 salary, according to the county auditor’s office.

Wadsworth said Tyree handles bookkeeping and computer issues at the clerk’s office, which he said has suffered from various computer malfunctions as a result of old, faulty machines from before he took office.

Wadsworth said Mirifex, an IT consulting agency based out of Sharon Township, will handle Tyree’s duties in her stead.

The office’s computer issues culminated last month, when Wadsworth said a Virginia-based company backed out of a contract to modernize the clerk’s office with a new online docket and bookkeeping service.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he’s hopeful the county will recover the $80,000 that had been paid to the company, American Cadastre, also known as AMCAD. A total of $242,286 was scheduled to be paid to AMCAD over the course of the contract.

“We’re hearing from other political subdivisions around the state that other court systems have suffered the same issue from this company,” Holman said, “so we’re attempting to get a united front from everyone affected.”

Holman said the Ohio Supreme Court has called a July 25 meeting in Columbus to discuss options, which include lawsuits at the state and federal levels.

“I hope we can recover the funds the clerk had paid,” Holman said. “That’s taxpayer money.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.