Q: Dear Mailbag, I was wondering, since Aaron Voltz has been cleared, will he be able to return to his position as director of Erie County DJFS, or is he completely finished with the organization? –Eric in Sandusky
A: Eric, reporter Andy Ouriel address that topic in a story that appeared in Friday's Register. Voltz was promoted to executive director of Erie County Job and Family Services in June. At the time, the Erie County commissioners were aware of police reports in Perkins Township in which a woman had accused Voltz of harassing and assaulting her. While the reports did not result in any charges, Voltz's promotion came with a 180-day probation period. According to commissioner Bill Monaghan, “When we hired Aaron, we were pretty adamant about what had to happen during the probationary period and what didn’t have to happen." After just a few days as director, Voltz was charged with forcibly raping a 26-year-old woman in Huron.Those charges were dropped last week after the alleged victim in the case spoke publicly about not wanting to go through with the case. Troy Wisehart, Voltz's attorney, said his client is weighing all options and will continue to consider whether he’ll sue the county to get his job back. The three Erie County commissioners said they were well within their rights to fire Voltz for conduct detrimental to the county, but at least one, Monaghan, acknowledged the possibility of Voltz returning. So, in short, we'll just have to wait and see.
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