Of coarse James Mayer hasn’t been himself, he’s been fighting an Executive Branch takeover which was going to lead to his character being assassinated. He didn’t kill himself over an imminent lawsuit? Nobody yet has said they saw him do it, NOBODY! If this is the case then there must be an affidavit that depicts this (public record) and there is none? His wife still sits in the hospital?, we don’t know this yet either! I would say something strange is going on, and it’s going on right under our noses. Much of this started when a body was dumped on Hull Rd and the first witness to this takeover committing suicide as well. These DEATHS are simply Mafia cover ups, yet James Mayer was feeling the pressure of not another lawsuit, but the fact he was no longer going to represent this crap! You want answers? – Find out WHY Mr Yosowitz was hired by the Executive branch NUMEROUS times going back as far as a several years, so even IF Mr Mayer has been a mess, this is WHY? Read below for MORE questions that need answered! Why was Bambi Couch Page expedited to this position, what was the URGENCY? This office has not been urgent to do anything for years, so why now? Is there a clause in which a Prosecutor position can be filled before 40 days is up?, I can’t seem to see this in the statute, for those not knowing what a statute is, it’s the LAW!!!!! – A copy below for you to chew on and comment at will.
MANSFIELD – Bambi Couch Page sensed something was not right with Prosecutor James Mayer Jr.
“I can’t speak for Jim, but Anita (Kochheiser, Mayer’s administrative assistant) and I knew something was wrong,” she said. “We didn’t know it was this wrong.”
Mayer, 65, shot himself Friday at his Dickson Parkway home. The Richland County Coroner’s Office has ruled the shooting a suicide.
“He had not been himself,” Couch Page said. “We tried to get him to talk to us, but he said he was fine.”
Couch Page, who was appointed interim prosecutor Monday by county commissioners, said she doesn’t know why Mayer took his life.
“I never saw this as an option,” she said. “There was a possible medical issue because of different things I was seeing, but I can’t confirm that.”
Mansfield police were called to Mayer’s home Friday evening. Upon arrival, a responding officer heard one gunshot, according to a news release.
Detectives closed the case after the shooting was ruled a suicide.
Mayer was elected prosecutor in 1988 and had held the office ever since. He and wife Melody Ann had three children.
Monday’s special meeting of the county commissioners was a somber affair.
Couch Page and Kochheiser attended, sharing hugs with commissioners and others who were there.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,” a tearful Couch Page told commissioners. “Based on the circumstances, I am still in shock. I can’t express my feelings of loss.”
Couch Page’s appointment was made retroactive to Friday. She had been the first assistant since February.
Richland County prosecutor called a friend by many
“I feel the board has complete confidence in Bambi,” Commissioner Ed Olson said. “She has a wealth of legal experience and trial education. All three of us have confidence that Bambi will serve with distinction.”
Couch Page, 58, is a New Washington native and Buckeye Central High School graduate. She received a degree in secondary education from The Ohio State University in 1979 and earned her law degree from Ohio Northern in 1982.
For the last 14 years, Couch Page worked for Mayer. She had spent time at the law director’s office before that. Her appointment was made retroactive to Friday.
The Democratic Central Committee will appoint someone to fill the rest of Mayer’s term. He would have been up for re-election in 2016.
Committee Chairman Matt Finfgeld said a meeting to select his full-time successor has tentatively been scheduled for Oct. 9.
While expressing confidence in Couch Page, county commissioners said they appreciated working with Mayer.
“He was a very empathetic individual,” Olson said. “He understood other people’s problems.”
Olson said Mayer wasn’t political when it came to hiring staff members.
Commissioner Gary Utt called Mayer a “very down-to-earth person.”
Commissioner Tim Wert added, “He worked with us through the economic downturn. I admired him.”
Couch Page said Mayer wanted what was best for everyone, regardless of party affiliation. She pledged to do the same.
The interim prosecutor said she met with staff prior to meeting with commissioners. Grief counselors will be made available.
“Whatever it takes to get through this,” Couch Page said.
Olson ordered flags at all county buildings to fly at half-staff until Mayer’s funeral, which had not been set as of Monday afternoon.
Funny thing, my comment on the MNJ did not post?, some things NEVER change, WHY else would I write a blog?????
(A) If a vacancy in the office of county commissioner, prosecuting attorney, county auditor, county treasurer, clerk of the court of common pleas, sheriff, county recorder, county engineer, or coroner occurs more than forty days before the next general election for state and county officers, a successor shall be elected at such election for the unexpired term unless such term expires within one year immediately following the date of such general election.
In either event, the vacancy shall be filled as provided in this section and the appointee shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified.
(B) If a vacancy occurs from any cause in any of the offices named in division (A) of this section, the county central committee of the political party with which the last occupant of the office was affiliated shall appoint a person to hold the office and to perform the duties thereof until a successor is elected and has qualified, except that if such vacancy occurs because of the death, resignation, or inability to take the office of an officer-elect whose term has not yet begun, an appointment to take such office at the beginning of the term shall be made by the central committee of the political party with which such officer-elect was affiliated. – I don’t believe Mr.Ed IS that committee, please reference last Election for who the committee is? I think we should clarify this to the public, don’t you?
(C) Not less than five nor more than forty-five days after a vacancy occurs, the county central committee shall meet for the purpose of making an appointment under this section. Not less than four days before the date of such meeting the chairperson or secretary of such central committee shall send by first class mail to every member of such central committee a written notice which shall state the time and place of such meeting and the purpose thereof. A majority of the members of the central committee present at such meeting may make the appointment.
(D) If the last occupant of the office or the officer-elect was elected as an independent candidate, the board of county commissioners shall make such appointment at the time when the vacancy occurs, except where the vacancy is in the office of county commissioner, in which case the prosecuting attorney and the remaining commissioners or a majority of them shall make the appointment.
(E) Appointments made under this section shall be certified by the appointing county central committee or by the board of county commissioners to the county board of elections and to the secretary of state, and the persons so appointed and certified shall be entitled to all remuneration provided by law for the offices to which they are appointed.
(F) The board of county commissioners may appoint a person to hold any of the offices named in division (A) of this section as an acting officer and to perform the duties thereof between the occurrence of the vacancy and the time when the officer appointed by the central committee qualifies and takes the office.
(G) A person appointed prosecuting attorney or assistant prosecuting attorney shall give bond and take the oath of office prescribed by section 309.03 of the Revised Code for the prosecuting attorney.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 3, SB 47, §1, eff. 6/21/2013.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.105, SB 295, §1, eff. 8/15/2012.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.40, HB 194, §3 Made subject to referendum in the Nov. 6, 2012 election. The version of this section thus amended was repealed by 129th General AssemblyFile No.105, SB 295, §1, eff. 8/15/2012.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.
Effective Date: 06-21-1990