Hiring Contract Withdrawn For Figure In 'Joe' Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- After the plan drew publicity, an Ohio county is holding off on hiring a former state official disciplined over a records check on "Joe the plumber."

In Columbus, Franklin County Job and Family Services chief David Migliore says he has withdrawn a proposed consulting contract for Fred Williams.

Migliore says the publicity would have made it tough for williams to do the work.

In December, Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Williams for two weeks without pay from his old job as assistant director of the state Job and Family Services Department.

The disciplinary action was part of the fallout from a finding that Williams' boss had improperly looked up personal information on Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, the Toledo area plumber of campaign fame.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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