Auditor of State clears Huber Council Members in missing document case


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



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HUBER HEIGHTS — The Ohio Auditor of State has cleared two Huber Heights City Council Members in an investigation over missing records and after-hours access to records.

Council Members Richard Shaw and Glen Otto will not face any further investigation from the Auditor’s office and that office “considers the matter closed.”

Brendon M. Inscho, Director of Auditor Dave Yost’s Public Integrity Assurance Team, informed Law Director Alan Schaeffer of their findings in a letter dated July 20. The Huber Heights Courier obtained the letter over the weekend and verified its authenticity today.

“Having no evidence of a crime or a violation of the Public Records Act (ORC 149.43), the Auditor of State’s Office will not be investigating the issue and we consider the matter closed,” wrote Inscho. “We recommend similar safety precautions be installed on the second floor as exist on the first floor.”

The letter also recommended that council members attend a public records training session.

Schaeffer submitted the complaint to the Auditor’s Office on June 29 after the council voted 6-1, with one recusal, to request an investigation.

In the complaint, he cited what he “consider(s) to have been improper activity” which included Otto and Shaw entering City Hall after business hours, entering secured areas of the building, and removing and/or copying records

No specific records were listed as being removed, and grainy surveillance video still shots did not identify any specific documents.

Later investigation found one page of minutes from a council meeting in 2008 missing. They have since been replicated using electronic copies.

During the debate on the vote, Schaeffer noted that while a resolution to the concerns was sought without a referral to the Auditor, ultimately those efforts were unsuccessful.

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By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.