Clearcreek Twp. trustee won’t face criminal charges

LEBANON — After reviewing an investigative report by the Ohio Ethics Commission, a special prosecutor has recommended a Clearcreek Twp. trustee not face criminal charges.

Clinton County Prosecutor Richard Moyer’s report does not advocate for criminal charges against trustee Ed Wade, said Warren County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Matt Nolan.

A special prosecutor was required because the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office serves as legal counsel for Clearcreek Twp.

Wade has been the subject of an ongoing Ohio Ethics Commission investigation for nearly 14 months. The investigation is concerning an October 2008 referral by state auditors to the ethics commission based on findings against him in connection with about $1.2 million in health insurance coverage provided to Clearcreek Twp. that was administered by his insurance agency.

Moyer, who could not be reached, was asked to review the investigative report, recommendation and conclusion of the Ohio Ethics Commission regarding allegations against Wade as well as handle any criminal prosecution or reprimand if facts supported such action.

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Private lawyers advised Clearcreek Twp. that Wade’s agency could administer the township’s health insurance in November 2003.

However, the state audit, aided by township Fiscal Officer Linda Oda, made a finding against Wade involving two laws prohibiting public officials from gaining something of value or having unlawful interest in public contracts.

Wade’s response to the allegations has been the private legal advice supporting the relationship and said the township received better service and saved money as a result. His firm no longer administers township health claims.

Wade has been a township trustee since 1977 and was re-elected to a new four-year term last month.

Staff Writer Lawrence Budd contributed to this story.

Contact this reporter at (513) 696-4504 or erichter@coxohio.com.

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