HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – The ripple effect is being felt in communities outside the city of Dayton after federal indictments were handed down against 4 current and former city officials.
RoShawn Winburn is charged with fraud and corruption. More than a decade ago he served a single term on the Huber Heights City Council.
Current Mayor Jeff Gore says it’s unfortunate he has to fend off online attacks stemming from allegations he says have nothing to do with his city. “We have checks and balances towards all that. We have ordinances that talk about our bidding procedures and the competitive bidding process.”
Gore says every city should have safeguards in place to prevent corruption and fraud from occurring. “Whether it’s in Huber Heights or in Toledo or in Columbus, there are rules in place to keep those things from happening. But as we’ve seen, that doesn’t always stop everybody from doing that.”
RoShawn Winburn is a Dayton city employee who’s accused of steering government money to minority-owned companies that did not do the required work. Gore says he’s not happy some have tried to use those allegations and Winburn’s time in Huber Heights to lump his city into the Dayton investigation.
But as a precaution he contacted the city manager to make sure they’re following procedure. Gore says people need to ask questions and voice concerns if something doesn’t feel right. “They have to understand that the decisions they make at the polls really affect them more directly than anything at the state or federal level.”
Gore says the city business conducted in Huber Heights while Winburn was on the council raises no red flags but adds they may go back and look at major contracts from that time just to be sure.
Gore says, “The more that people are held accountable for the things they do, the less likely we are to see these types of things happen again.”