Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

Tryng to avoid conflict of interest

To the editor:

In response to the Sunday, June 7, 2015 article regarding “Council votes against mayor.” Fire Chief Rick Bowman made an alleged accusation that I threatened Monroe Township Trustees. I never once threatened the Trustees of Monroe Township nor would I.

The People’s Defender in recent coverages neglected and failed to mention one huge factor in their coverages of this story and that is the Monroe Township Firefighters went to the Monroe Township Trustees and 99 percent of them were in support of me to be the fire chief.

I have worked very hard to keep all my duties separate and have done very well. I was a firefighter for the Manchester Fire Department until I took over as mayor in December 2011. I resigned due to conflicts of interest with the Manchester Fire Department. Then I went to Monroe Township to avoid the conflicts of interest. Now, it has happened again as much as I have tried to avoid it.

The vote of no confidence was after a letter that was filed with Adams County Board of Elections and the Ohio Ethics Commission regarding Fire Chief Rick Bowman and his position as an elected official with the Manchester Board of Public Affairs. According to law it is an “Limitations on an Office Holder” when a person is an employee or compensated.

In a meeting two months ago with department heads Mr. Bowman asked our Clerk Melinda Horsely and I to review the Board of Public Affairs. I did and this was my discovery. At that point I had a decision to make. Do I file a letter or let it go and possibly face penalties myself for knowingly allowing it to go on? What I have attempted to do in this village is to be fair and balanced. We have seen great success out of the police department on that commitment.

It doesn’t surprise me that four of the council members voted a no confidence in me. The minutes reflect in prior meetings that brought us to this point. Listen, I am not here to make friends. I have been elected to do a job and that is what I will continue to do.

This village offers over 55 businesses. We are starting to see things happen and the town cleaning up and looking presentable. The Jack Roush Committee is making 2nd Street look really great with the new street lamps. We must continue to work together to see great things happen.

Mayor Troy Jolly

Manchester

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