6/23/15 – 5:03 A.M.
Alleged comments made to an employee of Fifth Third Bank by Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak have led to an investigation by the State Auditor’s office. The Courier reports Staschiak called Fifth Third vice president of government and nonprofit banking David Koenig on February 12 to complain a bank employee was circulating candidacy petitions for Anne Spence. Spence ran against Staschiak in the primary. The city has an account worth $22 million at the bank.
Koenig said Staschiak told him his staff felt the bank wasn’t happy with his performance since an employee was supporting another campaign. The bank’s call record also says Staschiak told Koenig other banks had contacted the auditor to hold meetings, and that Staschiak believed “they smelled an opportunity out of this.”
Bank management contacted Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Law Director Don Rasmussen about the incident. Mihalik forwarded the complaint to State Auditor Dave Yost’s office for further review.
Mihalik told the Courier, “I’ll allow the process to play out and will cooperate in any way that I can for the good of the public.” A representative of Staschiak’s office said the auditor is out of the office for the next few weeks. He did not return calls for comment. Rasmussen said, “It may not be illegal, but he was trying to use his influence to get someone who was helping Anne Spence, off her campaign. It doesn’t pass the smell test.”
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