Stinky deal

Matt Westerhold
May 11, 2014

 

It's always interesting when people make arguments against affirmative action. Those anti-affirmative action arguments usually follow along the lines that nobody should get special treatment, preferential hiring status or opportunities over anyone else.

But it happens all the time.

Former President George W. Bush was likely a beneficiary of a sort of affirmative action when he was admitted to Yale. It's where his father, another former president, went to school and it's where his grandfather, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush, attended college.

Legacy hires are not limited to the executive branch, legislative or judicial branches of government; they occur every day in every walk of life.

They happen in law enforcement, too.

Ross Glovinsky wanted to follow in his dad's footsteps and be a police officer. His dad, Randy Glovinsky was a long-time Huron officer and retired a few years ago after serving as chief there for more than 10 years.

The son worked for Cedar Point police, a common first step for many who want to pursue a law enforcement career. Then he became a part-time officer for the Perkins Police Department.

But Ross ran into trouble.

In January 2011, he was involved in a two-car accident in Lorain County and allegedly fled the scene. Initially charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, the charge was later reduced to reckless operation.

The Patrol trooper who arrested him failed to administer a Breathalyzer exam or get a blood sample after arresting Ross, meaning there was no evidence to sustain a drunken driving charge. It's also not uncommon for a first OVI offense to be reduced to reckless operation.

He pleaded guilty in March 2011 and received a suspended 10-day jail sentence. The judge took away his driver's license but gave him work privileges — not only to drive to and from work — but during his work shifts in a police cruiser.

After getting convicted, the younger Glovinsky quit his job as a part-time Perkins police officer and applied for a job with interim SPD chief Sams and got it. Sams allegedly knew every detail about the alleged hit-skip accident but put him on the force anyway.

That sure looks like a legacy hire. 

Sams later recommended Ross be hired for a full-time position, and after that it all came unwound. When she learned about the January accident and the suspended driver's license, former Sandusky city manager Nicole Ard fired Glovinsky. The discovery came after a background check.

But Ard did not properly file the termination and a judge ordered Ross reinstated. The SPD and city — both to their credit — didn't want to do that.

The Huron Police Department hired him as a part-time officer in what might be another legacy hire shortly after Ard fired him. Scooped him right up.

But Ross wanted to be a Sandusky police officer — because that's where the action's at — a troubling reason to want to be a police officer.

Ross, and his father, threatened to file a lawsuit against the city if it would not re-hire him full-time. Randy Glovinsky fought for his son — to his best ability as any father might do — and attended a Sandusky city commission meeting to plead the case.

“I think we can reach a reasonable agreement and save all of us a lot of money,” he told city commissioners. “(Let's) help this young man in Sandusky reach a resolution without further court action.”

If you call $25,000 reasonable.

Who gets paid that kind of money for losing a $12 an hour part-time, probationary job because he violated the very laws he's sworn to uphold? Who gets a cleansing of the record like that? An affirmative action legacy hire. It's even better when you have the home field advantage in a system prone to technicalities.

The Sandusky Police Department made the right call refusing to rehire Ross Glovinsky. It was the city's insurance company that decided to offer the settlement, and that too was likely the right decision, given the cost associated with a lawsuit.

But it sure does stink.

Comments

AJ Oliver

Thanks Matt - It is just amazing how our conservative friends fail to even perceive legacies in elite university admissions, much less admit that it is any sort of problem. You cite just one of many examples. Even beyond that, the ONE PERCENT can and does buy their kids' admissions by making big donations. Meritocracy my foot !!

downthemiddle

Hilary is the perfect example of a legacy.

grumpy

Bush's, Kennedy's, Clinton's would be the major examples in current day politics but you can go back to Adams, Roosevelt, and more over the generations. in National politics. There are examples in State politics from both parties also. Local politics are awash in them.

Almost every part of life has them from education to unions, to corporations. Are you now going to say that it is the "right" way to do such things? Or are you going to pick and choose which you ignore and which you will bitch about?

downthemiddle

'Just wanted the dems to know that labels apply to them also.

Thanks for adding a few dem names to help make the point.

dems and libs all have selective comprehension.

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The Hero Zone

I really wish you would stop using the tired "one percent" when you try to make otherwise valid claims. That being said, is this one percent of the population flooding every single institution with an unabashed amount of children that it is crowding out others? Or is the one percent of income earners having one percent of the children that occupy one percent of the places in one percent of the schools?

You talk as if we just have a glut of millionaire heirs flooding every level of society and every one of its institutions yet somehow is still statistically only "one percent" of anything.

Hail Hydra!

Darwin's choice

A half dozen people should be answering to us!!!!! And, most should lose their jobs!

Filibuster

SPD has long used legacy hires. Even if the hires were unfit. Anyone care to extrapolate?

sugar

Affirmative action has never addressed those types of special benefits, all it did was place a preference of one race over another. Nepotism will always exist.

MattDamon

"But Ross wanted to be a Sandusky police officer — because that's where the action's at"

Is the second half of this statement a quote from Glovinsky or an inference based on your picture of the events?

Also wasn't Jim Lang chief in 2011?

stayfit

Interesting argument for affirmative action, I believe. I never considered legacy hire to be affirmative action, but at the same point, it is a form of preferential treatment.

At this point, I am stumped and intrigued after reading this piece. It was well written and informative.

It reminds me of bills that are being passed at the state level in select states to have well fare recipients tested for drugs.

At first, I was very much for it. The more I looked into it, the more I realized that public official are paid on state funding and do not take drug tests.

While I do not see your piece as a correlation for affirmative action, it does raise the question of why so many are against it. The program was put in place, to the best of my knowledge, to level the playing field and create opportunities for minorities.

Preferential treatment should not be as prevalent in society as it is, whether it is a minority student with lower test scores and achievements receiving a scholarship to state university over a more qualified student, or legacy entrance to an Ivy League school over more qualified candidates.

At the same point, that is why we vote and why we have board of directors and checks and balances for businesses and all levels of government.

At the end of the day, we do not live in a perfect world. Everything seems to be a gray area. I am not under any circumstance arguing in favor of the police officer that fled the scene, and it causes eye sore to read about such activity taking place over and over.

What I am arguing is affirmative action as a gray area. How can you deny more qualified candidates and continue preferential treatment? The only answer I can come up with is progress for several groups of people. That is a very good reason, a gray area if you will, creating opportunity for this generation and future generations.

We have Obama Care, with premiums being raised across the board. Yet, with all the negative, 50 million people have opportunity to receive health insurance.

There is a lot of gray area.

Darwin's choice

"50 million people have opportunity to recieve health insurance", that statement is completely false, as obamacare does NOT "allow", but "forces" citizens to purchase health insurance. And, those same citizens were able to purchase insurance before.....

That's not a gray area, it's definately black and white!
And, you're 50 million person number is a stretch....

deertracker

Blah, blah, blah..........................

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The Hero Zone

Consider, too, our national policy of "chain migration" which has inherent "legacy" favoritism built into it. This is said neutrally. If you are in the mood to consider the true extent of family influence, nepotism, etc. this is a crucial piece of the puzzle to look at, too.

Babo

Whatever happened to the concept of "civil service" in government jobs? I thought there was a requirement under law that most public jobs had to be awarded based on a merit system measured by civil service exams and other criteria rather than family relationships.

I'm also curious as to where Don Icsman was in the process of hiring and firing Ross Glovinsky and what role he might have played in the decision to settle with him. Often it appears to me that government lawyers will actually help create litigation for lawyers and or their friends with government jobs or contracts knowing there will be a settlement from the insurance company.

downthemiddle

as to Civil Service... the unions eliminated performance standards and the dems installed quotas based on ethnicity or other factors.

Add that up and now you have people with extra rights and as soon as they achieve tenure, they are virtually impossible to fire... just like the unions and dems intended.

Contango

@ Mr. Westerhold:

Wow! Quite a stretch!

You’re making legacy Ivy League school admissions analogous to Erie Co. police depts. nepotism & favoritism?

That’s the best that you could come up with?

Why not use Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident?

milemarkerzero

The Bible says "let he without sin cast the first stone". The author of this editorial is no traffic angel himself. That stinks too.

Matt Westerhold

Really, Milemarkerzero. You're comparing a suspended driver's license due to an unpaid ticket to an alleged drunken driving hit-skip and a $25,000 payoff for getting fired from a part-time government job. Your priorities seem askew, or simply agenda driven.  

Contango

Re: "an alleged drunken driving hit-skip and a $25,000 payoff for getting fired from a part-time government job."

Again: A better analogy would be that murderous, philandering member of the Kennedy crime family.

Steve P

Last I checked both offenses are 1st degree misdemeanors.

Contango

And fortunate for Mr. Glovinsky or an innocent victim that nothing real serious happened due to his stupidity.

4Libertee

Yale is a private institution and can admit whomever they want with whatever criteria they want. The Affirmative Action issue is whether public institutions can use affirmative action for admittance or hiring. Completely different issues.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks 4Libertee. You're correct. These are completely different issues, except for the similarities. 

Babo

I write from experience with elite schools' (both public and private) legacy admissions processes. Affirmative Action does apply in private and public schools admission processes if they receive any federal funds such as research grants.

Children of graduates of elite universities whether private e.g. Yale or public e.g. U. Cal at Berkeley, gain entry to their parent's institution on much lower standards and oftentimes would not qualify on the stated admissions standards that apply to everyone else. However, they gain the connections and cache of attending these elite institutions and obtain enormous career advantages.

Thus Affirmative action is intended to offset the advantages of legacies and allow students from lower classes with more talent than legacies to have access to the same opportunities. It is designed to counter nepotism and favoritism that ultimately leads in whatever environment one finds it to mediocre and below performance and classism

Locally, it is evident that certain families and or their associates have a lock so to speak on advancing in different areas such as Law enforcement, law, teaching, and politics and it has led IMO to less than stellar government, and schools. If privately held corporations want to play favorites, they do it with their own money and risk their own assets. However, when government entities such as police, commissions and schools do it, they waste the public's assets and that's not acceptable.

deertracker

Once again, oppression is generational!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

milemarkerzero

My comment was not an apples to apples comment. Merely stating an opinion. And talk about agenda driven. Pallleeeeezz.

Steve P

Mat Westerhold said "simply agenda driven", and "These are completely different issues, except for the similarities." Really Matt, you're losing it!

ohioengineer

This article argues that there is corruption in the hiring practices of local police departments. If true, this is not a good thing, but I fail to see the connection between that and affirmative action - unless it is that two wrongs make a right. Nepotism has been with us forever, but favoring one class of people over another is not going to make it go away. It just makes the whole system more corrupt.

And here is the kicker: most of us have gotten some type of special treatment at some point in our lives, whether we will admit it or not. How many of us turned down that special treatment, just because it wasn't fair? Probably not too many.

We live in an imperfect world and we should try to make the playing field as level as possible. Giving preferential treatment - no matter how noble the reason - just makes the field more uneven.