All in the family Sutherland is legally OK

NORWALK Accusations of nepotism are all too familiar for Richard Sutherland. The sher
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

Accusations of nepotism are all too familiar for Richard Sutherland.

The sheriff has faced that for years, even though his actions are ethically fine, according to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

"Unless the family members are blood or marriage-related, or living in the same home at point of hire, it cannot be considered nepotism," said staff attorney John Rawski.

Starting at the Huron County Sheriff's office in the mid-1970s, Sutherland was the first in the family to enter into law enforcement. His twin brother Robert followed a few months later.

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