TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WKBN) – Three Trumbull County employees who work in the commissioners’ office have filed petitions for civil stalking protection orders against commissioner Niki Frenchko.

One of those orders has been granted, for the board of commissioners’ clerk, Paula Vivoda-Klotz. She claims Frenchko has engaged in harassment and retaliation.

A hearing on all three protection orders has been scheduled for later this month.

Frenchko released the following statement in response.

“These actions are predicated on written lies by insubordinate staff who are working in concert with establishment politicians to prevent me from carrying out my duties. These political shenanigans are stifling the wishes of over 50,000 voters who trust me be their voice of reason, improvement and transparency in the Trumbull County swamp.”