Wapakoneta Mayor suspended from post as legal proceedings continue

The mayor of Wapakoneta has been suspended from his post following a preliminary review.

Wapakoneta Mayor suspended from post as legal proceedings continue

A special committee of the Ohio Supreme Court has released a preliminary decision that Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh be suspended from his post effective immediately as legal proceedings continue. The announcement was passed on August 30th, 2021.

On Monday, Wapakoneta City Council announced the committee's decision and the suspension of Stinebaugh. City Council President Steve Henderson will now be acting mayor in his place.

Wapakoneta Mayor suspended from post as legal proceedings continue

"It is the belief of this council, and of the Wapakoneta Law Director, that this suspension is effective immediately and is currently in force until such time that officers of the Ohio Supreme Court determine it to be ended," said Chad Doll, member of Wapakoneta City Council.

Doll later continued, "This statement should in no way be interpreted as a reflection upon the innocence or guilt of Thomas Stinebaugh in regard to the charges against him. That determination is the job of the Judicial Branch of our government. This legislative body will take no position on Mr. Stinebaugh's innocence or guilt in this matter."

Wapakoneta Mayor suspended from post as legal proceedings continue

Per Ohio Revised Code, Stinebaugh will continue to retain the title of mayor as well as receive the salary due to that office.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced in July that Stinebaugh was indicted on 8 counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract. 8 counts of conflict of interest and 1 count of theft in office.

The charges stem from allegations that between 2016 and 2019 in his capacity as mayor, Stinebaugh entered into contracts with family members and a business partner.

He is also accused of having the city pay for a sewer line on a property that his private company was developing.

Stinebaugh is currently scheduled to have a telephone conference in court this Thursday.

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