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Mahoning Co. Commissioners probing MCBDD complaints

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Commissioners say they received complaints against current and former employees of the County's Board of Developmental Disabilities.

According to a letter released Friday, commissioners called Thursday's closed meeting with the board to discuss complaints against former superintendent Larry Duck and some current employees alleging mistreatment of employees and clients.

Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said that the recently released survey of 40 employees mirrors some of the complaints they received.

The report listed frequent comments about "Senior management fostering a culture of chaos, fear and intimidation."

"There were a lot of things in there we didn't think was proper for the clients or the people who work at MRDD (which is now MCBDD), to feel threatened by any staff, management staff," said Righetti.

Larry Duck told 21 news that "without them providing some evidence, details, or a name, I would say this is ridiculous and outrageous. They can investigate, but they're not going to find anything."

Commissioners say until all these issues are resolved they want the naming of a new Superintendent put on hold.

It is still unclear what led to Duck being placed on administrative leave last September and his resignation last month, which resulted in a severance package of more than $110,000.

An Ohio Ethics Committee investigation found no serious wrong doing on Duck's part.

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