The department of developmental disabilities may make such investigations as are necessary in the performance of its duties and to that end the director of developmental disabilities shall have the same power as a judge of a county court to administer oaths and to enforce the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books or papers.
The department shall keep a record of such investigations stating the time, place, charges or subject, witnesses summoned and examined, and its conclusions.
In matters involving the conduct of an officer, a stenographic report of the evidence shall be taken and a copy of such report, with all documents introduced, kept on file at the office of the department.
Witnesses shall be paid the fees and mileage provided for under section 119.094 of the Revised Code, but no officer or employee of the institution under investigation is entitled to such fees.
Any judge of the probate court or of the court of common pleas, upon application of the department, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books or papers, and the giving of testimony before the department, by a judgment for contempt or otherwise, in the same manner as in cases before said courts.
Amended by 128th General Assemblych.39, SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.
Effective Date: 07-01-1980; 2008 HB525 07-01-200.