Metroparks golf govt who resigned supplied ‘last chance’ letter

Even though Sean McHugh was in difficulty for misusing his car, how a great deal management scrutinized his logs remains a dilemma, 3News finds

CLEVELAND — Metroparks golfing executive Sean McHugh retired abruptly final month just after 3News unveiled he didn’t have the faculty diploma and a further crucial qualification he utilised to get the $142,000 a 12 months job.

He also put in time away from the golfing classes traveling in his function truck to the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds, exactly where he was a compensated member of the board that oversees the honest.

While McHugh is absent, he still left behind a paper path that reveals he’d been in trouble in advance of.

In 2013, he signed a final-prospect employment arrangement with the Metroparks, soon after he was caught using his big get the job done truck to choose a boy or girl to higher education in Athens, attend conferences at the fairgrounds, journey to Columbus and run other personalized errands.  

That exact same yr, the Ohio Auditor cautioned the Metroparks that unrestricted use of autos is ripe for abuse and urged the Metroparks to keep a nearer eye on the taxpayer automobiles and trucks. (Condition audits routinely discover the Metroparks publications in great order, but the 2013 audit protect letter – identified as a management letter – the auditor flagged an employee’s use of a vehicle, while it did not name the worker.)

McHugh’s final opportunity settlement needed him to a preserve a log of each and every excursion and cease and that it was issue to critique by management.

It is unclear how often and how difficult the Metroparks scrutinized McHugh’s log.

McHugh, in cost of the golf courses considering that at least 2013, enjoyed a near partnership with Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, recent and former employees say. The Metroparks golf functions – which incorporates eight programs, which includes Major Satisfied, produced revenue for the park method, which depends largely on assets tax cash.

The Metroparks wouldn’t say in what variety McHugh kept a thorough log or how often his mileage was confirmed.

And it did not provide copies of the logs for the two months in 2020 all through which 3Information showed McHugh used some time elsewhere in the truck on non-Metroparks business.  

In an electronic mail statement, the Metroparks states McHugh certified his travel log per year and paid for personalized miles, but acknowledged McHugh was pressured right before retiring to reimburse taxpayers for undocumented journeys in 2020. (You can go through the Metroparks full statement under.)

3Information also has discovered that McHugh was one particular of handful of top executives outdoors the police section who drives a automobile with no Metroparks logos or branding. This helps make the cars and vans challenging for taxpayers to observe outside the park system.

The Metroparks says non-branded automobiles are needed for “exploring confidential actual estate acquisition opportunities and other typical park organization.”

The Metroparks did not respond to adhere to-up issues about what other park company necessitates the use of non-branded vehicles and about McHugh’s travel log and evaluation of it.

This write-up will be current if the Metroparks responds in a lot more element  or provides samples of McHugh’s journey logs for every his very last-likelihood agreement.

The Metroparks explained last thirty day period that McHugh was absolutely free to arrive and go as prolonged as he worked 40 several hours a 7 days and simply because he worked early hrs at the golf programs. McHugh, on the other hand, submitted in depth timesheets – such as an accounting of time beyond regulation and vacation several hours. At periods, his timesheets had been at conflict with time he was at the county fairgrounds and somewhere else. The Metroparks explained he was not paid time beyond regulation, but it never defined why his timesheets did not replicate his time a lot more accurately.

Here is the Metroparks assertion relating to McHugh’s past-probability arrangement and logs.

[Sean McHugh] was delivered a choose-household, park-owned car or truck for commuting and in depth travel throughout Cleveland Metroparks 8 golfing programs 7 times for every 7 days. Cleveland Metroparks acknowledges that there could be a require to use get-property automobiles for own use upon occasion given that the personnel does not have accessibility to their particular motor vehicle. Cleveland Metroparks applied a technique requiring any employee assigned a consider-household motor vehicle to monitor any personalized use of the park motor vehicle and certify and reimburse Cleveland Metroparks at the relevant IRS mileage reimbursement charge on an once-a-year basis. This system is in addition to the imputed revenue calculation connected to commuting with an employer-supplied car for each IRS needs. In reaction to the 2013 Auditor’s management letter, once-a-year certification/reimbursement course of action began December 1, 2013 and has ongoing just about every calendar year after. Sean McHugh adhered to this course of action on an annual foundation.  

 Cleveland Metroparks was just lately knowledgeable that Sean McHugh used his automobile for particular use in January 2020. Upon critique, it was not described on his 2020 yearly certification and Sean was required to supply an further reimbursement to Cleveland Metroparks prior to effectuating his retirement.

With the exception of law enforcement patrol cars, we have not traditionally experienced a policy that needs all Cleveland Metroparks motor vehicles to be branded. The the vast majority of Cleveland Metroparks motor vehicles are branded. However, some are absent of branding centered on the use of the automobile, for instance exploring confidential real estate acquisition alternatives and other standard park small business. 

 In regard to your next request of any grievances versus McHugh, there are no responsive paperwork. Be sure to discover attached the 2013 Previous Possibility Settlement, which is the disciplinary motion on file, as nicely as a part of the response to the management letter. 

You can study McHugh’s previous opportunity settlement down below:


Beneath is the 2013 state audit management letter: