Wednesday, October 19, 2011
SEE ZEIGLER RESIGNATION LETTER AND VIDEO OF DRAMATIC STARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER ACTION IN ACCEPTING RESIGNATION. COMMISSIONERS TO PAY ZEIGLER $16,305.14 PLUS HIS ATTORNEY FEES OF SOME $199,000
UPDATED AT 8:15 PM
Earlier today the Stark County commissioners made a settlement agreement with Gary D. Zeigler which brought about his resignation as Stark County treasurer effective today.
Zeigler has been under public fire since April 1, 2009 when Stark County was rocked by a revelation that his Chief Deputy Vince Frustaci had stolen, by some accounts, $2.96 million (Frustaci has only ever admitted to $2.46 million.
Ever since the revelation, Zeigler has been under public pressure to resign. But he, until today, refused to do so saying that he had done nothing wrong.
Zeigler was not implicated in the theft by federal, state, or local law enforcement officials.
Zeigler was actually removed from office by county commissioners in 2010 but was reinstated by the Ohio Supreme Court on June 23rd of this year.
Recently, he was held liable to the Stark County taxpayers by visiting Stark County Common Pleas Judge H.F. Inderlied to the tune of $1,857.118.47. Zeigler had filed notice that he was appealing Inderlied's order.
Below the SCPR has included the video in which Zeigler's resignation letter is read and commissioners accept the resignation.
After the video, The Report includes a copy of Zeigler's actual letter of resignation.
Beyond the letter, The Report provides a copy of Exhibit B to the settlement agreement which shows a net payment by Stark County to Zeigler of $16,305.14.
However, the county also agreed to pay Zeigler's attorney fees in the amount of $175,000 to Zeigler's current lawyers and about $24,000 (the county has not yet received the bill) to another Akron based firm that represented Zeigler at the beginning of litigation between Zeigler and various county officials.
Here is the video followed by the letter and the calculation showing how the $16,305.14 was arrived at.