DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein says after learning of a federal investigation into possible corruption in the area, city officials will now conduct their own investigation as well.
Roshawn Winburn, a current employee at the Human Relations Council, is facing six charges related to bribery and fraud. He has since been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Winburn has been with the City of Dayton since 2014, recently being promoted to the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center.
There, he is tasked with helping disadvantaged businesses get certifications and city contracts.
Court documents allege between Sept. 2014 and Sept. 2017, Winburn disclosed confidential information, giving unfair advantages to some companies, along with accepting bribes, including cash payments totaling over 20 thousand dollars for his own benefit.
“At this time, the city is unaware of any other bad actors affiliated with the organization. We are committed to fully cooperating and bringing to light all other bad actors that may exist,” says Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
She says they are doing that by conducting their own investigation.
Dickstein spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon after federal officials made their announcement:
They have hired Green and Green as outside counsel, saying the investigation has already started.
“They’ve already started interviewing any of the staff who would be involved with the contracting process, it will be beyond just HRC, they will be looking at the entire contracting process,” she said.
Dickstein says they are immediately looking into any and all contracts to evaluate on a case by case basis if they need to pull bids.
She said, “As we uncover things throughout investigation, we will take appropriate action, but I can’t speculate as to what that inappropriate things will be or what our action will be.”
She disagrees with a comment from federal officials suggesting Dayton has a “culture of corruption.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement Tuesay evening, saying: “I, like all City employees, learned of today’s indictments involving City officials through the media. 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.”