Toledo mayor-elect addresses potential conflicts of interest in staff

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Toledo's new mayor takes office next week. With his new administration taking shape it has raised some questions about potential conflicts of interest.

Two of his advisors already work for other government entities in the area.

They're described as advisors. They will not be collecting a pay check from the city of Toledo but they are paid for their full time jobs. One from Lucas County, the other from the City of Oregon.

Two names pop out as you look at Mayor elect Wade Kapszukiewicz's new administration: Mike Beazsley and David Mann.

Beazley works as Oregon's city administrator. David Mann is president of Lucas County's Land Bank. Both will be considered policy advisors and will be unpaid.

"I think having Mike Beazley in one case and David Mann in another case providing a unique skill set at no cost to Toledo tax payers is an absolute coup," said Kapszukiewicz

How much time they will spend working with Toledo's mayor elect is in question. Mayor elect Kapszukiewicz told 13abc the following about Beazley.

"He's going to be in the mayor's office everyday. He's going to be in the government center, on the 22nd floor everyday. He'll probably give us a good 25-30 hours a week. And he's working for free," said Kapszukiewicz.

When you add in the time he says Mann will be working:

"Having both of those gentlemen essentially donate hours and hours of time to the city of Toledo, a weekly basis, almost between the two of them a full time job at no cost to Toledo tax payers is among the biggest coups that I'm announcing," said Kapszukiewicz

There are some discrepancies on the hours. Beazley tells 13abc it might only be a few hours a week and says his top priority will be Oregon.

Oregon mayor Mike Seferian says he'd be surprised if it's 25-30 hours a year.

As for conflicts of interest with one advisor working with another city and one working for the county, Mayor elect Kapszukiewicz says he doesn't see any arising and could not imagine what they would be.

"It is worth whatever criticism, or doubt or concerns of heartburn that someone may have to allow Toledo to benefits from his talent and skill and relationships," said Kapszukiewicz.

Beazley says he'll probably focus on issues like criminal justice, regional water and department consolidation. Mann will continue his work with the Land Bank which acquires run-down homes and rehabs them or demos them.

Kapszukiewicz says in the future the Land Bank could take over some duties currently performed by Toledo's neighborhood department.