A decision made by Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise to hire the daughter of a county employee has sparked some controversy.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Sarah Skapin Hegnauer was hired after her job as as a community outreach organizer at the Summit County Board of Elections was eliminated on March 5 in order to cut costs.
Both of her parents, Jill and Jeffrey Skapin, work for the county. Jill Skapin is one of the highest paid county employees working as the communications director for County Executive Russ Pry. Her annual salary is nearly $110,000.
Hegnauer was the only person interviewed for the public relations opening. The job was not advertised.
Scalise says she never talked to Jill Skapin about hiring her daughter.
Jill Skapin and her daughter are active in democratic politics and have donated money to Scalise's election campaign.
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