Since Marc Dann resigned May 14, the name of the acting Ohio Attorney General has changed as many times in the last month as it had in the last decade.
Since Marc Dann resigned May 14, the name of the acting Ohio Attorney General has changed as many times in the last month as it had in the last decade
Employees who remain at the beleaguered state office, thankfully, haven't had to scribble out various names-whether it is Marc Dann, Tom Winters or Nancy Hardin Rogers-by hand off their stationary and letterheads. Nor will they have to when presumably either Democrat Rich Cordray or his yet-to-be-named Republican contender takes over the AG's seat a few short months after the November elections.
State employees pretty much have the whole name-changing process streamlined.
"We print everything in-house," said Michelle Gatchell, spokeswoman for Rogers, the state's most recent attorney general, named to the post to replace the interim Winters May 28.
Whether it be the numerous educational pamphlets distributed by the office to the public, office letterheads or business cards, the state office is able to drag and drop a digital logo featuring the most current name of the AG onto whatever needs to be printed, Gatchell said.
"We only print 40 or 50 at a time," she said.
Dann's disgraced name has long been scraped off the glass doors that lead into the AG's office on the 17th floor of the Rhodes Tower. Rogers, who has promised she won't run for the AG spot in November, has opted not to have her own name stenciled onto the glass office doors after they took the razor blade to Dann's name, said Jim Gravelle, another spokesman for Rogers.
"That would be waste of taxpayer dollars," he said.
A similar thriftiness inspired the office to keep a few publications-printed in bulk before the scandal-from being thrown into the trash, including a pamphlet unfortunately titled, "Careers in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General," which still has Dann's name prominently printed on the cover.
"We have stickers to cover that up," Gatchell said.
Infamously bright yellow books outlining the state's open records laws also bear Dann's name and smiling mug, but those books "don't read very well and will need to be reprinted anyway," Gravelle said.
Although the state faces a proposed $1 million in compensation for the two women who allegedly were sexually harassed while working in the AG's office, the logistics of the name changes is far more economical for taxpayers.
"It probably hasn't even topped $100," Gravelle said.
One thing that won't change, however, is Dann's smiling portrait, which remains in the entryway of the office, along with all but four of Ohio's previous AGs, dating back to the mid-1800s. Rogers's portrait will hang there one day, too.
"She's the 48th attorney general, not an interim attorney general," Gravelle said.