Sunday, December 24, 2000

Outcome of 28 charges against mayor




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Former Dayton Mayor Bobby Crittendon was originally charged with 28 articles of impeachment filed Nov. 20.

        When the hearing to impeach and remove him from office began Wednesday, three charges were dropped, and on Saturday City Council found Mr. Crittendon guilty of all 25 remaining counts.

        Of these, 21 were determined to be instances of misconduct serious enough to remove him from office. Two were deemed misconduct but not serious enough to warrant removal, and two were ruled not to be misconduct.

        Here is a summary of the original 28 charges and their disposition.

        1. During the week of April 24, Mr. Crittendon investigated and questioned Police Chief Greg Aylor regarding why Mr. Crittendon's son-in-law, David Halfhill, was not immediately called to investigate a manslaughter case. The charge alleges Mr. Crittendon investigated in a way that made Officer Halfhill the lead investigator.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        2. On May 1, Mr. Crittendon told City Administrator Dan Groth that the city would lose half the police department because of dissatisfaction with supervisors - a statement made after Chief Aylor reprimanded Officer Halfhill.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        3. Mr. Crittendon again complained about the reprimand, attempted to intimidate Chief Aylor and compared Officer Halfhill's unrelated matters involving Dayton Officer Scott Dames.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        4. Chief Aylor told Officer Halfhill to file a report in connection with a May 15 incident in which Officer Halfhill allegedly stopped a woman for speeding while not in uniform and in his own vehicle. Mr. Crittendon said he had “better not see a written reprimand come across my desk on it.”

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        5. Mr. Crittendon told Chief Aylor on May 31 to go to Officer Halfhill's house to work on a swimming pool on city time. Mr. Crittendon said Chief Aylor volunteered to do the work.

        Council determined this was misconduct but insufficient grounds for removal.

        6. When Blight Inspector Skip Fisk asked Officer Halfhill about a permit to install the pool, Mr. Crittendon told Mr. Fisk to “shut up and mind your own business” or words to that effect.

        Council determined no misconduct and thus no grounds for removal.

        7. In July, Mr. Crittendon attempted to intimidate Chief Aylor regarding personnel assignments to seek an advantage for Officer Halfhill.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        8. In August, Mr. Crittendon attempted to intimidate Chief Aylor and attempted to force Chief Aylor to demote a sergeant in the police department. He told Chief Aylor that Officer Halfhill should have the job and told other city employees he had to fire the police chief.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        9. Mr. Crittendon questioned Chief Aylor regarding shift assignments so that Officer Halfhill would not have to steadily work second shift.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        10. In February, Mr. Crittendon ordered Chief Aylor to help him find a job on city time.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        11. Mr Crittendon ordered parking tickets voided on seven incidents between 1996 and September 2000.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        12. Mr. Crittendon prohibited a Dayton officer from issuing speeding tickets to tenants of property Mr. Crittendon owned.

        Council determined this was misconduct and sufficient grounds for removal.

        13. Mr. Crittendon interfered with the city's Parking Citation Hearing Board in August 1998.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        14. In January 1999, Mr. Crittendon interfered in a criminal investigation by Dayton Officer Raleigh Barnett involving the son of a friend.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        15. On Jan. 10, Mr. Crittendon ordered Dayton Clerk Judy Cooper to compile data on a personal matter during and after work.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        16. In September, Mr. Crittendon condoned Officer Halfhill's disregarding city personnel policy during a city council meeting.

        Council determined no misconduct and thus no grounds for removal.

        17. Mr. Crittendon overrode Chief Aylor's authority. The charge was withdrawn before the start of the public hearing.

        18. Mr. Crittendon told city employees, “I hired you and I can fire you.”

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        19. Mr. Crittendon told police officers, “you are all considered guilty until you prove yourselves innocent,” which officers said caused a morale crisis.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        20. In June, Mr. Crittendon ordered Chief Aylor to investigate a charge on Mr. Crittendon's personal credit card regarding a vacation to New York City using city telephones on city time.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        21. Mr. Crittendon wasted city funds and/or interfered with collection of city revenue of an amount less than $300.

        Council determined this was misconduct and sufficient grounds for removal.

        22. Mr. Crittendon did not respond to a letter from Blight Inspector Skip Fisk regarding a boat parked in Mr. Crittendon's yard that violated city zoning ordinances.

        Council determined this was misconduct but insufficient grounds for removal.

        23. Mr. Crittendon verbally abused Chief Aylor because Chief Aylor did not recommend Officer Halfhill's promotion.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        24. Mr. Crittendon told city clerks he was “just going to have to fire the police chief,” or words to that effect. The charge was withdrawn before the public hearing.

        25. In either spring 1999 or spring 2000, Mr. Crittendon took a city dump truck to haul materials for a boat dock on property he owned in Bracken County.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        26. Mr. Crittendon attempted to embarrass Ms. Cooper in a Covington restaurant. The charge was withdrawn before the public hearing.

        27. Mr. Crittendon failed to pay medical insurance premiums on several occasions.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

        28. Mr. Crittendon brought the city into disrepute and disrespect because of the other charges.

        Council determined this was misconduct with sufficient grounds for removal.

Dayton council removes mayor
- Outcome of 28 charges against mayor
       



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