Wapakoneta, OH. (WLIO) - The fate of the suspended Wapakoneta mayor is now in the hands of a jury. Tom Stinebaugh took the stand in his own defense Friday to dispute the multiple charges he is facing including having an unlawful interest in a public contract, conflict of interest, and theft in office. The state says charges are being focused around a handful of incidents. Including appointing his brother as acting fire chief days after taking the office of mayor and hiring his sister's company to make signs for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing.
Stinebaugh also allegedly used his relationship as mayor with Golden Fresh Farms to gain work for his construction company while they were building their greenhouse and used his position as mayor to have the city install a sewer line to a home that his company built in 2018. The trial lasted all week. Stinebaugh was suspended as the mayor of Wapakoneta in September of 2021 because of the charges. The jury will return to the Auglaize County Courthouse on Saturday to continue deliberating on the case.