Toledo City Council votes to fire City Auditor

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 2:14 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 2:15 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo City Council voted to fire the City Auditor on Tuesday.

Council President Matt Cherry released a statement after the vote that said the decision to fire the City Auditor was made after “serious deliberations” and that council will post the job description to fill the role immediately.

It comes after the council suspended the now-former Toledo City Auditor, Jake Jaksetic, in recent weeks. While the council did not provide a specific reason for the suspension at the time, Mayor Wade Kaspzukiewicz cited Jaksetic’s job performance as making other employees feel unsafe. Just last week, council members told 13abc there were “some heavy accusations” that needed to be investigated. The nature of those accusations is unclear.

City council member Cerssandra McPherson said Jaksetic’s personnel file does not provide a viable reason. In addition, she expressed disappointment that he was offered “due process”.

“We had not done our due diligence to investigate all of it and due process. Even though he’s an at-will employee, still due process,” she said.

McPherson was not alone in her sentiments, as councilmember Theresa Gadus said she anticipated an investigation to occur before taking a vote.

“There were claims made by the mayor and claims made by the city auditor. I felt that a third party investigation with nobody that has any skin in the game would be a fair assessment that to be brought to us and we’d be able to make a better judgment that way,” Gadus said. Both McPherson and Gadus were the two members to oppose.

Before the council’s move to fire Jaksetic on Tuesday, State Auditor Keith Faber’s office told 13abc its Special Investigation Unit is “aware of the situation and looking into it.” The office couldn’t provide additional information at this time.

Emails and documents obtained by 13abc show Jaksetic believes the administration is retaliating against him. In a letter he sent to city council members in October, Jaksetic said he was targeted for shedding light on alleged awarded contracts based on personal connections as well as what he called a $1 million expenditure of taxpayer money to advance the mayor and law director’s political aspirations in regard to the Summit Street reconstruction project. That same project sparked questioning from the FBI. The City of Toledo spokesperson released a statement calling Jaksetic’s comments “slanderous and false.” You can read the letter at the bottom of this story.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional details.

Previous coverage:

Toledo City Council suspends City Auditor, council president avoids removal

Amid state Auditor look, Toledo city Auditor issues won’t get city led independent investigation yet

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