Crestline Mayor Allen Moore Resigns Amid Racism Scandal

  • 10/22/2018 12:35:25 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

CRESTLINE - Embattled Crestline Mayor Allen Moore resigned on the morning of Monday, October 22nd following a long saga of incidents in and around the administration of Crestline and the Crestline Police department, and the release of a video wherein Moore used racial slurs. 

The announcement of the resignation was made verbally by Moore and then delivered to WMFD via News Release. Crestline Council President Joy Miley will take the position of Mayor Pro Term.

Miley expressed her commitment to the "healing process necessary to move Crestline forward" in the release which is posted in full below.

"Allen Moore verbally resigned his position as The Village of Crestline Mayor this morning. Council President Joy Miley is now the Mayor Pro Tem and will be sworn into office to fulfill the term vacated by Allen Moore. Ms. Miley would like the Crestline Community to know that she is committed to the healing process necessary to move Crestline forward in a positive direction."

This announcement comes on the heels of an open letter, penned and signed by six Crestline Village council members, urging Moore to resign immediately following reports earlier in October that Moore was planning on retaining his position as Mayor. 


MORE: Video Released Showing Crestline Mayor Using Racial Slurs


On September 28th, Mayor Allen Moore of the Village of Crestline penned an open apology letter to the community after details of a private conversation with Police Chief Joseph Butler were made public.

According to a complaint filed against Moore, Butler claimed that Moore had used racial slurs or derogatory remarks referencing minorities in a private conversation in June 2018 in the garage of the Mayor's home. In his apology letter, Moore states that while there is no excuse for the language he used, he was relaying the details of a civil rights incident that occurred in the Village over 45 years ago, "word for word."

At the end of the letter, Moore apologized by saying, "I did not intend to demean or disparage any group, nor was it my intent to offend anyone. I do understand that this language, regardless of context is hurtful. I truly apologize for my error in repeating the words spoken by others 45 years ago. I truly apologize to those who were offended in reading the report. I apologize that this incident has distracted from the positive aspects of our community."

The letter comes after a series of troubling incidents involving the Crestline community, from Police Chief Butler being placed on administrative leave by village personnel to concerns that the Crestline Police were compromising evidence in felony drug cases.


MORE: Crestline Mayor 'Strongly Considering Retaining His Seat'


Moore's apology letter can be read verbatim below.

To The Crestline Community:

My heart and soul are dedicated to the Village of Crestline. I am greatly saddened that my conduct has in anyway tarnished this great Village and its residents. I am truly sorry for the choice of words I used during a conversation with Chief Butler. The selected partial video recording made by Chief Butler in the garage area of my home, was a small part of a much longer conversation occurring over an hour time span. While I was unaware I was being recorded and had specifically asked Chief Butler to forgo his usual practice of recording all conversations, that is no excuse for using the language in that video.

On the date of the conversation, June 25th, 2018 I was responding to Chief Butler's inquiries regarding abuses of civil rights that occurred in our Village nearly 45 years ago. I had previously discussed those incidents with Chief Butler. I again related these stories to Chief Butler word for word, even using the original language with which they were told to me in 1972. One month later, on July 23, 2018, after I requested Chief Butler to modify his work hours from a four day per week to a five day per week schedule to provide better supervision to our young officers, Chief Butler filed his report.

I did not intend to demean or disparage any group, nor was it my intent to offend anyone. I do understand that this language, regardless of context is hurtful. I truly apologize for my error in repeating the words spoken by others 45 years ago. I truly apologize to those who were offended in reading the report.

I apologize that this incident has distracted from the positive aspects of our community.

Sincerely, 
Mayor Allen Moore

In an open letter addressed to the residents of Crestline, Council Members requested that Mayor Allen Moore resign immediately:

October 5th, 2018

An Open Letter to the Residents of Crestline:

Along with you, we are saddened by the negative light and attention that has been brought on our community over the past couple of weeks since the release of the video of Mayor Moore in which he made numerous racially-insensitive and inappropriate references to minorities. The fact that the recording was made without his knowledge and consent does not excuse the sentiments that were expressed or the words that were said.

Crestline operates as a statutory village under the Ohio Revised Code. It is our position that, while we do not have the authority to remove the mayor from office, we do have the ability and the duty to what is morally and ethically proper. We appreciate Mayor Moore’s willingness to serve as a council member, council president pro-tempore, and appointed mayor. However, his previously-released letter of apology is not enough. We cannot condone the words that were used by the mayor regardless of the context, setting, or manner in which the video recording may have been made. The citizens of Crestline deserve better. We respectfully request that Mayor Moore allow our community to begin the healing process by resigning immediately from the office of Village of Crestline Mayor.

Yours in public service:

Kevin Eckert, Council-at-Large
Allen Laferty, Council-at-Large
Joy Miley, Council-at-Large
Bev Payne, Council-at-Large
Eugene M. Toy, Council-at-Large
Mike Weisman, Council-at-Large

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