ODJFS Director Placed on Administrative Leave

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Ohio’s governor placed on leave an agency director who was questioned over why state computers were used to find personal information on “Joe the Plumber.”

Gov. Ted Strickland said in a statement that Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, was placed on paid administrative leave over allegations a state computer or state e-mail account was used to assist in political fundraising.

The statement Friday did not mention the checks made on Samuel J.Wurzelbacher, a Toledo-area man known as Joe the Plumber who became a centerpiece in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

State Inspector General Tom Charles is investigating whether Jones-Kelley improperly authorized a search of government records on Wurzelbacher.

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