The Plain Dealer editorial referenced in our previous post is now also available on Cleveland.com and includes links to all the articles the PD has published related to the Geauga and Mahoning County parks controversies.
on April 26, 2017 at 5:49 AM, updated April 26, 2017 at 5:50 AM
During more than five years on the bench, Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell has attempted to expand his statutory authority over park districts to become sole arbiter of how his county’s park system ought to be run.
This has not worked out well.
His dictatorial style of micromanagement and attempts to suppress citizen input have resulted in unprecedented turnover on the three-member county Park Board of Commissioners. His approach also has drawn the ire of conservationists trying to protect the pristine nature of the county’s parks from the judge’s view that they ought to be used as recreation centers.
A year ago, our editorial board proposed a solution: Remove oversight of park districts from probate judges and give it to county commissioners – where many citizens probably already presume it resides.