Cuyahoga County gives $20K raise to official in troubled IT Department

September 26, 2018

Cuyahoga County gives $20K raise to official in troubled IT Department

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County administrator has been given a $20,000 raise after taking over responsibilities for the troubled IT Department’s director, who is on leave as a result of a public corruption investigation.

The Sept. 17 raise boosted Chief Technology Officer Michael Young’s annual salary to $160,000, according to county personnel records.

Young received the raise because he has taken on extra responsibilities in the past six months that previously fell to IT Director Scot Rourke, county spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said. Rourke’s salary was about $212,000.

The county’s IT Department has been a focus of the corruption investigation, and Rourke and IT General Counsel Emily McNeeley have been named prominently in several subpoenas served on the county by investigators. Rourke and McNeeley were placed on unpaid leave in February.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has served 14 subpoenas on the county thus far. That includes subpoenas that sought information related to contracts and communications with OneCommunity, a broadband provider Rourke used to run that has performed more than $15 million in business for the county.

Young was one of 10 county administrators named in other subpoenas requesting deleted emails and audit logs. Madigan has said that the county does not believe Young or those other nine administrators are targets of the investigation.

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