Ohio city official works for 18 months without proper bonding

An Ohio city official apparently ran afoul of the city charter by working for the last 18 months without being properly bonded.

Tom DiLellio was appointed Avon Lake’s finance director in 2008 but didn’t purchase a surety bond valued at $200,000 until Wednesday, July 14. The Avon Lake city charter requires the finance director to be bonded before taking office.

Avon Lake’s mayor, Karl Zuber, told The Morning Journal that he thought DiLellio purchased a bond in January 2009, and said there will be “some kind of action against (DiLellio).”

City finance directors typically manage millions of dollars. Surety bonds are required to prevent embezzlement or other unethical acts. There is no evidence that DiLellio committed such an act, but one council member wants him suspended and another has called for his firing.

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Chris Birk
Chris Birk is a former newspaper and magazine writer who now works for a pair of Inc. 500 companies. He’s also a principal and the chief content creator for Surety Bonds.com, and a part-time college professor at a private Midwestern university.

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