Disgraced ex-Cuyahoga County HR chief has both been promoted by Cleveland State College – or not


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University as told on Wednesday morning cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer that Douglas Dykes, the disgraced former HR chief of Cuyahoga County, for. had been promoted Top position in the university’s human resources department three weeks after being hired.

Late on Wednesday afternoon, CSU spokesman Dave Kielmeyer called to withdraw his report and stated that, contrary to his testimony, Dykes had not moved to the vacant position of his boss Jeanell Hughes five hours ago and that his status had remained unchanged since then, which was discontinued in December.

Kielmeyer went on to say that Hughes, recently promoted to Chief of Staff to CSU President Harlan Sands, will continue to serve as Chief Talent Officer in Human Resources. He did not immediately provide Hughes’ job description to document this claim.

The conflicting reports come almost four weeks later cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer requested confirmation of reports of a change in leadership. Kielmeyer confirmed the promotion for the first time on Wednesday morning.

Dykes resigned from the administration of County Executive Armond Budish in January 2020 after being charged with theft. He later pleaded guilty to the related offense of obstructing official business.

The CSU turned over five more “best qualified” candidates to hire Dykes in December, two weeks after the university allowed him to apply late for the position, records show. He received the title of Vice President of Human Resources and a salary of $ 140,000 per year.

As number two in the CSU’s HR department, he answered Hughes, who had held the position of Chief Talent Officer since October 2018.

On January 4, three weeks after Dykes was hired, Sands promoted Hughes to chief of staff and vice president of the administration. That promotion brought her $ 50,000 increase and brought her annual salary to $ 275,000.

On Wednesday morning, Kielmeyer said Dykes has served as HR director since Hughes was promoted, but his title and salary have not changed.

In her new role, Hughes oversees 300 employees in various departments including human resources, communications and marketing, campus police, information technology and facility services, Kielmeyer said. She also acts as a key advisor to Sands and, among other things, oversees the operations of his office, said Kielmeyer

Dykes previously told cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer that Hughes was the one who first contacted him about the open position in February 2020. At that point, Dykes was charged with a felony charge for illegally converting a $ 13,500 relocation expense benefit for an IT official into a $ 15,000 signing bonus.

In July he pleaded guilty to being charged with obstruction of business and was sentenced to two years probation.

Dykes officially applied for the CSU position on December 7th, 10 months after completing the application process. He was hired a week later.

Public records received from in the past month cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer showed that the CSU selected Dykes for the job versus five other candidates who were rated equally by the university. The five other candidates all applied before the application deadline.

The CSU hired Dykes for being a talented HR professional, and the university believes in “giving talented people second opportunities”.

Meanwhile, last May, Budish filled Dykes’ county job with Jesse Drucker, who had served as CSU’s top HR official from 2012 to 2017.