Man Accuses East Cleveland Mayor of Theft in Office

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new chapter unfolded Wednesday night in the controversy surrounding the pay of East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton.

Resident George Struthers is threatening to take the issue to court.

“We would like our mayor prosecuted for theft in office and dereliction of duty. Those two charges. We are asking a judge to move them forward and at least find out what is going on,” he said.

Norton is drawing two salaries from the city.

He is supplementing his $40,000 a year mayor’s salary with a $37,000 a year salary normally paid to the safety director.

He said he is performing both jobs and, according to city charter, is entitled to the pay.

East Cleveland City Council rejected the dual-salary situation in December but Mayor Norton continues to receive the extra pay.

He said, “There are almost two thousand people who¬†signed a petition just within the past couple of months to say that they dislike the decision city council made to take away salary.¬† As a result of those signatures, that action of city council is on hold.”

He said the issue would eventually be settled by citizens at the polls.

He had no comment on the lawsuit.

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