Winburn pleaded not guilty to the city’s civil service charges in a May 3 hearing before Kenneth Couch, the director of human resources, city documents say. Couch then found Winburn guilty and said he should be fired effective immediately, city documents say. Winburn has appealed.
His discharge order was signed by Deputy City Manager Joe Parlette for City Manager Shelley Dickstein and by Brent L. McKenzie, deputy director of human resources, for Erica Fields, director of the city’s Human Relations Council department where Winburn worked.
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He also pleaded not guilty to the federal charges and is awaiting trial. His attorney, David Greer, declined comment and said Winburn, a former Huber Heights city council member, also would not comment.
Winburn was one of four men whose indictments were announced on April 30 by Benjamin Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, in an ongoing investigation of alleged corruption in Dayton.
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Also indicted were former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, 53; Dayton businessman Brian Higgins, 48; and former state Rep. Clayton Luckie, 56.
Luckie, who served 10 years on the Dayton Board of Education and seven years in the Ohio House, pleaded guilty July 2 to one federal count of mail fraud. He will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Nov. 15.
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Williams, also a former Dayton school board member, served on the city commission from 2002 to 2018. He is accused of accepting bribes to help a company get city contracts. Williams allegedly used his influence to help an unidentified individual win city and CityWide Development Corp. contracts in return for more than $50,000 in free benefits, including cash payments and construction work, the federal indictment alleges. Williams pleaded not guilty
Higgins pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud after being accused of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim related to a leaky fish tank in his home.
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