Two Cuyahoga County employees under investigation by Office of Inspector General

Criminal background, falsification questions

CLEVELAND - Two Cuyahoga County employees are under investigation by the Office of Inspector General for failing to properly disclose a criminal history and falsifying an employment application.

An eight-page report released Monday by Cuyahoga County Inspector General Nailah Byrd details complaints regarding two county public works employees.

According to the report, Patrick J. Gallagher, hired as a radio dispatcher,  failed to properly disclose his criminal history on an application for employment with the county. Investigators found Gallagher listed only a single reference to "felony breaking and entering" in 1994 while investigators found four cases between 1990 and 1995.

But the report recommended that "no further action" be taken in light of the the county engineer's office "had knowledge" of  Patrick Gallagher's full criminal history as a result of a background check in 2004.

A second employee, Michael J. Gallagher, hired as a fire safety inspector, falsified his original employment application as well as a second application filed for a promotion in the department.

In the case involving Michael J. Gallagher, investigators found he claimed to have an associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College that he does not have.

The report suggested Michael J. Gallagher's case be referred to the county executive and director of human Resources for "consideration of disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment."

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