Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

Auditor of State Mary Taylor issued the following statement regarding the Ohio Inspector General’s report released today:

Thursday, November 20, 2008


"Ohio citizens should have the highest confidence that the private information state and local government officials have access to is protected and will not be used for political or other inappropriate purposes. According to the report released today by the Inspector General, this basic and fundamental trust was broken by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley.


We need to restore accountability and transparency in government and send a message to Ohioans that the misuse and abuse of personal information will not be tolerated. Government leaders need to be responsible for the actions of their employees so I urge Governor Strickland, who campaigned on the promise of running an ethical administration, to ask for the resignation or terminate Ms. Jones-Kelley immediately."