DOVER (WJER) (April 29, 2022) – A representative from the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday said it has not yet made a final determination on a request to suspend Dover’s mayor.
Richard Homrighausen in a press release earlier that day said he was notified he had been suspended by a special commission appointed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. Homrighausen said he will comply with the suspension, even though he could contest it. He says he maintains his innocence.
Homrighausen has pleaded not guilty to a 15-count grand jury indictment that includes eight felonies. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 20.
The Ohio Supreme Court provided a list of frequently asked questions regarding the section of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the suspension process. 3.16 FAQ
The suspension would begin when the criminal case judge, in this case Elizabeth Thomakos, makes it part of the case record.
Special Prosecutor Robert Smith from the State Auditor’s Office requested the suspension in March. O’Connor appointed three retired judges to the special commission to consider the request.
Homrighausen would still get paid during the suspension until he pleads guilty or is found guilty of any felony charge.
If that happens, Dover could take Homrighausen to court to try to recover what he was paid during the suspension.
If Homrighausen is found not guilty, the suspension ends.
Ohio Revised Code also says a replacement may be appointed. That person would be paid the same as the mayor, whose salary is around $100,000 a year.
Dover Law Director Doug O’Meara says the county probate court would be responsible for appointing an interim mayor. He didn’t know who the replacement could be.