Thursday, August 11, 2011



At yesterday's Stark County commissioners' meeting, the SCPR asked Commissioners Bernabei and Creighton (Commissioner Ferguson was not available) whether or not they were considering local attorney and civic activists Craig T. Conley's request that they increase Stark County Treasurer Gary D. Zeigler's bond from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

Before viewing the video of their responses, go to this LINK and take in a short lesson of what a bond is and how it differs from insurance.

Here is the Creighton/Bernabei video:


Today, Stark County civic activist and attorney Craig T. Conley (who coined the term "Zeiglergate") hand-delivered a letter to Stark County commissioners asking them to increase the bond required of Gary D. Zeigler before he re-assumes his full duties and Stark County treasurer.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Zeigler is having trouble getting a $500,000 bond; let alone get a $1,000,000 bond.

Obviously, Conley knows that.  

The SCPR believes that what Conley's request really is all about is to keep Zeigler from becoming treasurer again.  If Zeigler cannot get the bond (which the commissioners have the full statutory authority to set), the office is deemed vacant and his victory in the Ohio Supreme Court becomes a bragging rights victory which never acquires substance.

Obviously, Conley knows that too.

The Report's take is that if Conley had not been birddogging Zeigler from the day the Frustaci theft was revealed (April 1, 2009) that life would have been a lot more comfortable than it has been.

Had it not been for Conley, who knows when Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero would have gotten off his hind end and went after Zeigler under the provisions of Ohio Revised Code Section 321.37 to recover the $2.96 million that has come up missing during Zeigler's tenure.

Conley has been in detailed and frequent communication with Ferrero's office pushing them each step of the way in his endeavor to get Zeigler out of office (August 23, 2010) and to keep him out (failure with the Ohio Supreme Court - June 23, 2011).

Recently, he started an effort to get Canton Law Director Joe Martuccio to prosecute Zeigler for dereliction of duty (a second degree misdemeanor).

The Report hears, that at the urging of Conley, Martuccio has contacted Ferrero's office and is getting Ferrero's cooperation (in terms of the files that Ferrero has on hand from the local, state and federal investigation of the Frustaci matter) as he looks into whether or not a provable case can be brought against Zeigler.

Zeigler's attorney (Nakon) has complained about the county's pursuit of his client saying in a Stark County Court of Common Pleas brief that Zeigler is the victim and that county officials are out to make a martyr of him.

Nakon doesn't say a word about Conley.  Interesting?

If Zeigler ends up resigning or if he is unable to get a bond and therefore the office becomes vacant, Stark Countians like Stark County Auditor Alan Harold who think Zeigler ought to go should not be thanking the commissioners or Prosecutor Ferrero.

The person who deserves the credit will be:  local attorney and civic activist Craig T. Conley!!!

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