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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Commissioners are still trying to learn more about the resignation of the former Superintendent of the County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Commissioners called their appointed members of the Developmental Disabilities Board to a meeting, saying they needed answers to a lot of questions.

Commissions say many questions have been raised about former Superintendent Larry Duck, who was placed on administrative leave and then resigned last month with a severance payment of more than 100-thousand dollars, but with no explanation.

"And that's what we're going to find out, I think we need to know that, we need to understand the problem there" said Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti.

Prior to meeting with the commissioners Disabilities Board President Jack Gruber was asked what was behind Duck's departure.

"It was a mutual decision for Mr. Duck to resign and that's all I can tell you at this point" said Gruber.

A just released survey of 40 employees of the Developmental Disabilities program listed frequent comments about "Senior management fostering a culture of chaos, fear and intimidation". Commissioners now want the naming of a new superintendent put on hold.

"Do not appoint a Director there until all these issues are resolved, there's more to what's happening" Rimedio-Righetti said.

Gruber says that's not for the commissioners to decide.

"The Commissioners do not run the program, the Board runs the program" said Gruber.

The meeting was termed to be an executive session and was closed to the media.

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