The mayor of a Pickaway County village is behind bars after a report of illegal dumping.
According to a police report, it started when a Westport Homes employee allegedly spotted Commercial Point Mayor Gary Joiner placing trash inside a dumpster at a construction site on Rosewood Loop.
The employee told police he told Joiner he could not place items in the dumpster. The employee said Joiner then became argumentative towards him and said, “Do you know who the f*** I am?”
Joiner then allegedly told the employee he could do whatever he wanted to do because he runs all of Westport’s projects. The police report said Joiner threatened to put Westport’s construction projects on hold.
The employee said he told Joiner if he saw him dumping illegally again, he would face charges.
The report was originally made verbally with an officer. The employee said he was afraid of losing his job because of the threats allegedly made by the mayor.
Four days later, the employee filed a written statement after speaking with the management of his company.
In the police report, the Commercial Point Police Department said it notified BCI, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office for help with the investigation.
A spokeswoman with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said the BCI has not received a formal request to investigate the matter.
Court records show Joiner was charged Friday with littering, coercion and trespassing.
Joiner was arrested Monday on charges of intimidation and obstructing justice, according to jail records.
According to police, he is accused of intimidating the Westport Homes employee.
Commercial Point Police Chief Adam Jordan addressed the situation, on Tuesday evening.
“It’s a position I do not want to be in,” Jordan said. “I hate it. Nobody wants to be put into this type of position, no matter what their job is because the mayor is ultimately my supervisor, however, I do have a job to do and there’s no title of a person that’s going to stop me from doing my job.”
When confronted about the charges outside the Commercial Point Police Department, Joiner said he had no comment on the allegations. He said he has no plans to resign at this point.