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Cosmetology Board Director Resigns Over Salon Accusations

A former state lawmaker has resigned his position as head of the state cosmetology board after a report blasting his actions involving a Central Ohio salon. The Inspector General says Ohio Board of Cosmetology executive director Jim Trakas told the owner of a Grove City hair salon that he could make a $500 fine go away if the owner would allow a stylist to stay for another two to three months, and told the owner she could face a lawsuit if the stylist was dismissed. The stylist’s mother had contacted the cosmetology board to complain about fumes coming from a nail technician’s work station, which resulted in the fine. Trakas told the Inspector General that he was just trying to come up with what he called a win-win scenario, but the Inspector General says it was up to the cosmetology board, not Trakas, to decide to impose the fine. Trakas, a former state lawmaker and Cuyahoga County Republican Party chair, resigned Tuesday, saying he accepted the Inspector General’s decision. He also apologized for bringing "unwarranted bad publicity to our board.â€?