Saturday, August 12, 2000

Villa Hills mayor says he won't step down




By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Embattled Villa Hills Mayor Steve Clark, the subject of state and local investigations, said Friday he has no intention of resigning his seat.

        The attorney general's office and prosecutors from the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney's office have offered Mr. Clark a deal to step down as mayor.

        But Mr. Clark has refused and said he intends to stay in office.

        “Basically it's a political situation that I'm going to get through,” Mr. Clark said just moments after accepting, along with other members of Villa Hills City Council, a federal grant for $300,000 to extend water lines in the city.

        “I was elected for four years. We've done a lot of good things in Villa Hills but sometimes those things are forgotten in a political fight,” he said.

        The investigation stems from an unauthorized $25,025 check Mr. Clark sent to a Florence concrete company for sidewalk repair. But paying for work over $10,000 without seeking bids is a violation of state law and city policy.

        Mr. Clark is also being investigated by City Attorney Lawson Walker, who has hired a computer expert to retrieve information deleted from city computers used by the mayor.

        Mr. Lawson has not commented on what he is attempting to retrieve but he has told council it is material that could be used against the city in a lawsuit.

        Mr. Clark would not comment on the allegations against him.

       



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