The state Development Services Agency refuses to disclose what Jim Leftwich did as an intermittent state employee, saying the entire balance of his work is a “trade secret” that can be legally withheld from public disclosure.
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The Dayton Daily News in November investigated former Dayton Development Coalition Jim Leftwich’s consulting contracts with Wright State University and his $85-an-hour state job — a dual role that was referred to the Ohio Ethics Commission. The Daily News stuck with the story and filed more public records requests to find out what Leftwich did to earn the $114,850 the state paid him. The Kasich administration took more than four months to issue a records denial in writing, saying Leftwich’s work can be kept secret because it is a ‘trade secret.’