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Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority board vice president Paige Townsend sharing a letter she sent to the citizens review committee during an AMHA board meeting. She's asking the committee to review the Lima Police Department's recent investigation of the housing agency.
"At no time throughout the past few years has AMHA's board shirked its responsibility to the community with regard to the oversight of the financial well being or the daily operation of the agency," wrote Townsend.
The Lima Police Department raided the Met Housing offices in March of 2012 following allegations of documents being shredded.
Executive Director Anna Schnippel was ultimately found not guilty to a misdemeanor count of falsification. Charges against receptionist Cheryl Lawson were dropped. However, employee Bruce Monford pled guilty to four felony charges stemming around completing non-met business while on the clock.
Police Chief Kevin Martin stands behind his department's investigation, and says that the department was also helping the Ohio Ethics Commission with their investigation of the agency.
Townsend wants the review board, which was formed to handle concerns people have with the criminal justice system, to complete a review. However, Martin says the Citizen's Review Committee does not get involved in cases until after internal department reviews of complaints are complete. He says no one from the Metropolitan Housing Authority has asked for a review of the investigation.