Another confirmation hearing is set for the state's new public safety director, just days after the Republican-dominated Senate rejected the woman who'd been doing the job for eight months. Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Tom Stickrath to head public safety after Cathy Collins-Taylor was rejected by the Ohio Senate. Stickrath has been the chief of the state's juvenile prison system. Northeast Ohio Republican Senator Tim Grendell heads the committee that will look into Stickrath's confirmation. And he says he's looking forward to it.
Democrats had complained that the hearing wasn't fair to Collins-Taylor, and that Republicans relied too heavily on what they say was a flawed Inspector General's report on a scuttled sting. That report said Collins-Taylor lied to investigators about calling off a plan to allow a woman to drop a package of contraband at the Governor's Residence for an inmate working in the prison internship program. Collins-Taylor says she did not lie to investigators.
For more with Sen. Grendell and on the public safety director confirmation vote, watch this week's "The State of Ohio" on PBS stations this weekend. The hearing is Tuesday.