By Reginald Fields and Aaron Marshall
Plain Dealer Bureau
December 18, 2008
Columbus - The state director who authorized the peek into the personal
records of Joe the Plumber quit Wednesday under mounting political
Helen Jones-Kelley resigned as head of the Ohio Department of Job &
Family Services while serving the final days of a 30-day unpaid
suspension imposed last month by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.
"It is with sadness and clarity that I have decided to resign my
position," Jones-Kelley said in a statement released by the governor's
"This decision comes after having a time of pause," she said, "in which
I realize that I continue to be used as a political postscript,
providing a distraction from urgent state priorities."
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