Major Shakeup On Ohioville Borough Council As Controversies Continue

Solicitor Paul Steff (left), Councilman Kenneth Doughty, Councilman Richard Decker

Solicitor Paul Steff (left), Councilman Kenneth Doughty, Councilman Richard Decker

Ohioville Borough Council voted to reorganize itself again this week. The move comes just over a month after a reorganizational meeting held in January.

The meeting saw Councilman Robert Ours replace Kenneth Doughty as President and Robert Ward replace Richard Decker as Vice President. Council also voted to appoint Robert Ours, Lucas Hill, and Denise Cox to its Police Committee, replacing the Committee’s former members.

Sources within the courthouse tell the Beaver Countian that several Ohioville Council members went to the County Detective Bureau last week to review documents and other evidence against former Police Chief Ronald Lutton, who was allowed to retire at the end of last year.

Lutton is facing 64 felony counts of forgery after a public corruption probe sparked by Ohioville Officer Nevin Beatty allegedly revealed the man had been bilking taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars by forging court documents to augment his timesheets. Officer Beatty’s scheduled hours with the department were drastically reduced after he exposed Lutton’s alleged wrongdoings to the Pennsylvania State Police. The officer has since filed a lawsuit against the Borough in state court alleging violations of Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower law, and a second lawsuit in federal court alleging civil rights violations.

Ohioville Borough Solicitor Paul Steff has come under heavy criticism by some members of Council for his handling of Chief Lutton’s alleged criminal wrongdoing, and for the alleged retaliation against Officer Nevin Beatty that followed. Newly elected Councilmen Richard Jackson and Lucas Hill voted to oust Steff last month, although their efforts failed to garner the consensus of Council.

photographs from January’s reorganizational meeting of Ohioville Borough Council / by John Paul

 

4 comments

  1. Lucas Hill and Nevin are best buds….maybe he is looking to back his buddy up and make sure he gets special treatment. Watch out for this Ohioville.

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  2. Do you think thats all thats going on ? Some people think their shit don’t stink. but when I Drive through industry I can smell the garbage burning.

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  3. SpeakTheTruthToo

    I can’t believe that these guys show up to a Council meeting dressed like they do. Jeans, sweatshirts, and fleece? Seriously? Would it kill you to put on a pair of Dockers and a collared shirt? What a joke you all are.

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  4. Councilman Ward is a standup guy with good values. Although he can be a bit at times, he should prove to be invaluable in his new post.

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