This blog is the tenth in a series of 10 blogs until today's blog which is the one all of Stark County has been waiting for as The Stark County Political Report names the absolutely worst Stark County political subdivision "elected" official.
Indeed, we have reached the end point of the list most viewed of any series that the SCPR has ever done in the blogs' seven plus years of existence.
To those elected officials who have captured the SCPR's attention enough to have made the list: CONGRATULATIONS!
For those readers who are just catching up with the list, here are links to these previous selectees:
- #10, Plain trustee Louis Giavasis,
- # 9, Jackson trustee James N. Walters,
- # 8, Canton Local School District BOE president Dave Brothers,
- # 7, North Canton City Council president Daniel "Jeff" Peters,
- # 6, Canton Councilman Jimmy Babcock,
- # 5, Mayor William J. Healy, II of Canton,
- # 4, Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry of Massillon,
- # 3, Johnnie A. Maier, Jr., Massillon clerk of courts,
- # 2, Councilwoman Marcia Kiesling of North Canton,
The Report has asked readers to weigh-in as to whom will achieve the dubious distinction of being Stark County's worst from among the list of county, village, city and board of education officials who have convinced their respective constituents to vote for them.
Interestingly enough, three respondents to yours truly's request that readers send their guess to has successfully figured out the name of the official who today is blessed with the unveiling of being the absolutely worst - in the opinion of SCPR - Stark County political subdivision elected official.
To boot, a high level Stark County "elected" official whispered that official's name into the ear of yours truly and BINGO! that official hit the jackpot as to whom #1 is.
For those elected officials who missed out on this quarterly in making the bottom ten list of Stark County political subdivision officials - just you wait. For come August 1 or thereabouts, the SCPR will be out with an updated list.
Judge Dixie Park of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division, is this first quarterly edition's absolutely worst Stark County "elected" public official.
It your name is Barbara Lockhart, a everyday Stark County citizen who had the misfortune to appear before Judge Park in October, 2013, you have to believe that the SCPR is "right on the mark," in selecting Park as Stark County's worst.
For in October of 2013 Ms. Lockhart lost - for some 10 days - what we all hold near and dear: "our personal liberty."
She lost it in Judge Park unconstitutionally denying to her a citizens due process of law rights, so said the Fifth District Court of Appeals on August 14, 2014.
All Stark Countians who read the SCPR should read the two blogs that The Report devoted to the legal travesty visited on Ms. Lockhart by Dixilene Park.
- Blog of September 22, 2014,
- Blog of September 23, 2014,
- Blog of September 25, 2014,
- Blog of September 29, 2014
And there is more "unconstitutional" administering of justice by Judge Park:
Are you ready for more on Judge Park and her seeming inability to apply the law correctly? (LINK to underlying blog)
And perhaps still another reversal on due process of law constitutional grounds by the Fifth District Court of Appeals in the offing? (LINK to blog with details)
As her highly questionable competence as a judge were not enough, it appears that what is hoped for a non-partisan judge may be missing from Judge Park.
From a July 21, 2014 SCPR blog:
To top things off, the SCPR has information from folks in a position to know who say that Judge Park:
- is impossible to work for in that she is known to have fired good quality employees on the whim of an emotional outburst, and
- seemingly has a list of favored/disfavored attorneys who get rewarded/punished depending, of course, on which list they are on.
Here's a real zinger.
The Report is told by Stark County Republican Party insiders that Judge Park is actively campaigning for - get this - Judge Sheila Farmer's seat on the Fifth District Court of Appeals.
Mind you, a court that has reversed her twice and may soon do so again.
Judge Farmer is retiring with the end of her current term next year.
It is unclear to The Report, but seems (according to reports) that Park has sought at the very least Farmer's neutrality in what will be an intra-party fight for the Republican nomination for the seat.
When the SCPR asks around about the prospect of Judge Dixie Park on the Fifth District Court of Appeals, the response is surprisingly favorable as compared to her remaining probate judge.
"Well," it is typically said, "she would be one of six (the entire court) or one of three (an empaneled court) and presumably can do less damage there than she has done in the probate court."
To which the SCPR answers: How about her being on NO Stark County court!
And The Report has reason to believe that Judge Park's past is about to catch up with her and her days as a judge at any level of the judiciary are numbered.
We can only hope, no?
For all the foregoing reasons (and more which The Report cut short to make this blog readable in terms of length), Judge Dixilene Park far and away over otherwise richly deserving competitors deserves the dubious distinction of being a runaway choice for the worst elected public official in all of Stark County!!!