Summit County official suspended for two weeks after found guilty of OVI

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Summit County Executive Russ Pry announced the suspension of his chief of staff Aug. 21 without pay for two weeks after the assistant was found guilty of OVI in Barberton Municipal Court.

"Jason Dodson has been an outstanding employee and has diligently worked to improve Summit County government. Jason has made a mistake and has accepted responsibility for that mistake. The driving incident occurred after work hours, did not involve a work assignment and did not involve a county vehicle," according to a statement released by Pry's office. "After reviewing all relevant information, I am suspending Jason without pay for two weeks beginning Aug. 25, 2014, through Sept. 5, 2014. I believe that Jason will learn from this mistake and that it will not be repeated."

Dodson, 35, also released a statement Aug. 21.

"I made a mistake in judgment, and for that I apologize to my family, friends, co-workers and the citizens of Summit County," according to Dodson's statement. "It was important to me to take responsibility and handle the judicial process in an expedient manner in order to avoid any further embarrassment to the County of Summit and Summit County executive."

Dodson, of Mogadore, pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle while under the influence and a moving violation Aug. 18 in Barberton Municipal Court. Dodson was pulled over by the Ohio State Patrol Aug. 15 and refused the submit to a Breathalyzer, according to court records.

Barberton Municipal Court Judge David E. Fish found Dodson guilty and sentenced him to 180 days in jail, but suspended 177 days. Dodson must serve three days in an alcohol program and show proof of completion by Nov. 21, according to court records.

Dodson's license was also suspended until Feb. 11, 2015, but he is allowed limited driving privileges to and from home work, medical appointments, school for his children and church, according to court records.

Dodson was also sentenced to pay a $375 fine, as well as court costs.

The court also ordered that six points be placed on Dodson's license.

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