Ohio Panel Lays Out Possible Jobs Board Conflicts

Sep 27, 2013

Ohio's ethics agency has warned six of nine directors of public private job creation agency, JobsOhio,  that their business interests raise potential conflicts of interest.

The Ohio Ethics Commission identified the six JobsOhio board members, including Chairman James Boland, along with three employees after a routine review of their confidential financial disclosure filings.

A JobsOhio spokeswoman said none of the potential conflicts amounted to anything. She said the board has not played a role in any dealings the flagged companies may have done with the state.

Paul Nick, the commission's executive director, said conflict-of-interest findings released Thursday by the commission do not imply wrongdoing.

Critics said the potential conflicts raised more questions about JobsOhio and its influential private-sector board, which helps set Gov. John Kasich's economic agenda.