City fires administrator after federal bribery, fraud charges

Dayton Daily News |

--A city of Dayton administrator was fired after he was indicted on bribery and other federal charges, with the city citing multiple reasons for the termination, including being absent without leave the day he was arrested.

RoShawn Winburn, 45, was director of the city's Minority Business Assistance Center and in April was promoted to business and technical assistance administrator. His annual salary was nearly $85,000 with the raise from his promotion.

Just weeks after his promotion, he was arrested on . Prosecutors allege he took bribes in exchange for sharing confidential information about upcoming projects and not fully reviewing the small, disadvantaged, minority or woman-owned business certifications of people and companies, the indictment says.

The city of Dayton accused Winburn of violating city rules involving conduct unbecoming an employee, incompetence and/or neglect of duty related to the allegations in the federal indictment, according to city documents obtained this week by the Dayton Daily News.

Winburn pleaded not guilty to the city's civil service charges in a 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.

His discharge order was signed by City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Erica Fields, director of the city's Human Relations Council department where Winburn worked.

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 by Benjamin Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, in an ongoing investigation of alleged corruption in Dayton.

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 to one federal count of mail fraud. He will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on .

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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STAYING WITH THE STORY

The Dayton Daily News first broke the news about a federal investigation into corruption in Dayton. The newspaper will continue to dig into this important story to find out what's really going on. If you have tips or any information on this investigation, please call or email Josh Sweigart at 937-328-0374 or josh.sweigart@coxinc.com or Lynn Hulsey at 937-2257455 or lynn.hulsey@coxinc.com.

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