by Kyle Swenson
Yesterday another former Cuyahoga County employee was slapped with criminal charges. This time the alleged culprit is a 58-year-old Brunswick mom who allegedly cashed in on the wink-wink nudge-nudge atmosphere of pre-Raid Cuyahoga County politics to put more bank in a family member’s pocket.
Former Sheriff Gerald McFaul’s chief of staff Patricia Kresty is accused of greenlighting a series of raises for her son — a move prosecutors claim amounts to a violation of public trust.
According to the Plain Dealer, Kresty used her juice as McFaul’s rep on the Automated Data Processing Board to increase son Justin’s pay at the county’s Information Services Center on two separate occasions. The son began at the center as a temporary employee in 2001 and eventually rode the wind of mom’s influence into a $38,657 salary. If you read between the paper’s play-by-play, it looks like Kresty would be a no-show at the meetings where the raises were voted on, but then voted in a later meeting to approve the prior actions.
It was the second job Justin had in the possible realm of Kresty’s influence: before his gig at the center, he held down a job at the Sheriff’s office — a job he lost, the paper reports, after accusations popped up that he’d stolen tools out of confiscated cars.
In the greater world of county corruption, we’re not talking Tiki hut here, more nickel-and-dime nepotism. But still, that’s balls to nudge through this kind of chicanery and figure no one would care. Then again, we’re probably just jealous our mom didn’t violate statute so we could make more money. Obviously we weren’t loved enough.