Appointee Doesn't Meet Qualifications
In this Letter to the Columbus Dispatch, Leader Schiavoni details why the appointee for the Ohio Department of Health should not serve as director.

I respond to the Aug. 10 op-ed “Democrats miss opportunities by not running in every race,” by Thomas Suddes, which mischaracterized my concerns about Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Rick Hodges as the director of the Ohio Department of Health. I requested confirmation hearings in the Ohio Senate because I think Hodges fails to meet the qualifications for the job as required by state law.

Ohio Revised Code 121.10 states that the health director “shall be” a physician or “have significant experience in the public-health profession.”

Since Hodges is not a physician, his resume must contain significant experience in public health.

It does not.

Hodges is a former state legislator who most recently served as the director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. His limited experience in the health-care field was more than a decade ago and was focused on marketing and administrative work at small hospitals.

Hodges does not hold a medical or health-related degree and has never led a public-health department or agency.

My request for hearings is consistent with the Senate’s constitutional role to advise and consent on gubernatorial appointments. With the health and well-being of 11.5 million Ohioans at stake, anyone chosen to lead the Department of Health should receive close scrutiny, especially one whose qualifications clearly fall short of state law.


33rd Ohio Senate District


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