Current and former Dayton leaders expressed sadness and disappointment Tuesday following the indictments of a city employee, two former local officials and a businessman in connection to a federal corruption probe.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Mayor Nan Whaley said she learned of the federal indictments “ through the media.”
Her statement continues: “I, like many Daytonians, am sad for our city. The city will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities and I support the city manager in a thorough investigation of the city’s processes to protect all Dayton residents.”
Whaley’s predecessor, Gary Leitzell, led the city of Dayton as an independent from 2010 to 2014. The former mayor called the indictments “upsetting” and considered them unexpected.
“It’s disappointing,” Leitzell said. “It’s really disappointing ‘ cause I knew these people.”
Leitzell said he knew all four men who have been charged but worked most closely with Joey Williams, who was a Dayton city commissioner during Leitzell’s tenure as mayor.
“It’s disappointing for me to see Joey involved because he was always to me he seemed to be very wary of his image and what his public image was, and he wanted to maintain a professional public image,” Leitzell said.
According to federal officials, there may be more arrests and charges filed, and Leitzell said he believes anyone who knew about any alleged wrongdoing and didn’t report it needs to be held accountable.
For now, Leitzell said, the city needs to take action to regain the public’s trust.
“The city has to go along with the FBI here and get everything investigated and show the people that they won’t stand for this kind of abuse of power,” he said.
Former Mayor Leitzell told 2 NEWS he is not aware of any of this kind of alleged misconduct happening while he was in office. He has not been questioned by investigators, he added.
Mayor Whaley and the Dayton city commission are set to appear before the public Wedensday night at the next city commission meeting.