OTTAWA — Patricia Clementz, Cloverdale, a former maintenance custodian
employee for Putnam County, has filed a small claims case against the
Putnam County Commissioners with Commissioner John Love named as the
defendant. The case indicates she is seeking her sick pay after being
discharged on August 28, 2013.
According to public records in the
Putnam County Commissioners office, Clementz, requested upon her doctors
orders, a change in the description of her work duties due to certain
disabilities. Upon review of the request the commissioners denied the
request stating she was unable to perform the essential job duties of
her position. The records cited the Ohio Administrative Code 123:1-30
that allows for involuntary disability separation.
indicate that Clementz on Sept. 10, signed an agreement that provided
for her to be paid for her unpaid vacation time. The agreement also
advised she should apply for disability benefits.
The commissioners indicated verbally that she was to apply for disability prior to her receiving her unpaid sick leave.
County Commissioner Jack Betscher, said normally you loose your sick
pay once you leave a government job, unless you are employed at another
government job, then the sick pay is transferred to the new government
In this case the commissioners agreed to pay her sick pay if she filed for disability coverage.
Records indicate Clementz has accumulated $2,664.51 in sick pay.
When the commissioners were informed she had not filed for disability, they stopped the payment.
In a phone coversation with Betscher, Clementz, indicated she had been advised byher attorneynot to apply for disability.
then filed a theft charge against Putnam County Commissioner John Love
claiming the money had been placed in her account and then taken out.
There is no record of any transfer of money.
This theft charge was
investigated by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and turned over
to Special Prosecutor Joseph R. Burkard, Paulding County, for review. In
his statement Burkard indicated “I do not find that there be criminal
Clementz also filed a discrimination charge with
the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, stating discrimination
based on her disability. The hearing for this filing was held in
Columbus on Tuesday, March 18. Betscher and Love were in attendance at
hearing, but Clementz did not appear. The case was thrown out when she
did not appear.
The small claims case will be heard by visiting
Judge John T Rohrs III, on April 10. Clementz is seeking $1,916.78 in
Clementz began working for the county in December 1998.