Back in September, shortly after it was reported that six of the nine JobsOhio board members have serious conflict of interest issues, Board Chairman James Boland admitted to the Dispatch that JobsOhio is seen as a “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” organization by the public. (Note: Boland was one of the six with potential conflicts )
Boland denied there was any problem at JobsOhio (“We have nothing to hide here”, he said) and said he didn’t have any plans to provide more transparency or public oversight of his organization to help change the image.
Instead, he planned to hire some new public relations experts.
Today we found out that one of these experts is Matt Englehart. Englehart was hired yesterday as communications manager for JobsOhio. He is a veteran of the Bush administration where he worked with ORP Chairman Borges and, according to his linked-in page, he’s also a crisis management expert who worked on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Matt has his work cut out for him.
Shortly after the DDN piece on conflicts of interest, the Ohio Ethics Commission also identified potential conflicts of interest at JobsOhio. JobsOhio still denied they had a problem.
Then an audit of 2012 financial records revealed that JobsOhio had no process in place to check for conflicts of interest and, along with another audit, it was also discovered that JobsOhio had no documentation to back up over $1 Million in payments.
JobsOhio called these “minor discrepancies”.
And just this past weekend, JobsOhio released their Q3 2013 report that showed lower results on every single metric compared to 2012 Q3. And the results of their secret ROI formula appear to have been so bad that they were just eliminated completely from the latest report.
Big conflict of interest issues. Lots of missing money. All from an organization that is underperforming the state-run organization it replaced, and getting worse every quarter…
Welcome back to Ohio, Matt. And best of luck finding enough lipstick to make this pig in crisis look pretty.