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RESTITUTION REQUIRED FOR ODOT HIRES

 RESTITUTION REQUIRED FOR ODOT HIRES
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of the Ohio


Department of Transportation who improperly hired relatives will be required to repay the salaries, according to ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
 Five top-level ODOT officials were suspended without pay. Four others -- including Wray -- were given written reprimands yesterday in connection with the summer hiring of family members in violation of the state's ethics code. The six improper hires were dismissed this week.
 Melanie Mitchell Lackland, the department's chief administrator, caused her sister and a daughter to be hired. She is to repay the state their salaries, a total of $2,530.
 Larry Dargart, administrative chief in the department's Bowling Green office, hired a daughter. He is to repay $1,840.
 James Dunchuck, administrative chief in Ashland, hired a son. He is to repay $4,674.
 Gerald Eyink, deputy director in Sidney, hired a son. He is to repay $2,240.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Cull of the Ohio Department of Transportation, 614-466-7170/ CO: Ohio Department of Transportation ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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