Dover mayor: 'Taking care of city business' — Homrighausen fires three Dover employees

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Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen returns to his office, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover after firing Service Direcor Dave Douglas at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business." He then went on to fire two more people.
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen returns to his office, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover after firing Service Direcor Dave Douglas at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business." He then went on to fire two more people.
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen exits City Hall after firing three people at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business." Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover.
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen exits City Hall after firing three people at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business." Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover.

DOVER — Days before Christmas, Mayor Richard Homrighausen fired three city employees.

Terminated Tuesday afternoon were Service Director Dave Douglas, Safety Director Gerry Mroczkowski and the mayor's executive assistant, Eva Newsome.

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After firing Douglas, Homrighausen was asked what was going on. He replied, "Taking care of city business."

He declined to comment further.

Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen hands paperwork to Safety Director Gerald Mroczkowski after firing him, the mayor's secretary, and the safety director, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover.
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen hands paperwork to Safety Director Gerald Mroczkowski after firing him, the mayor's secretary, and the safety director, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover.
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen is seen through the door of Service Director Dave Douglas shortly before firing him, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen is seen through the door of Service Director Dave Douglas shortly before firing him, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen is seen through the doorway of former Service Director Dave Douglas shortly before after him, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen is seen through the doorway of former Service Director Dave Douglas shortly before after him, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."

Douglas had been a city employee since Aug. 26, 1996; Mroczkowski since Jan. 1, 2018; and Newsome had worked for Dover since Feb. 18, 2014.

All three provided affidavits to city council as part of council's investigation into the conduct of Homrighausen as mayor.

The mayor was the subject of a weeks' long investigation earlier this year by city council into his physical and mental well-being. Council members have called upon him to resign, citing a declining faith in his ability to lead the city.

The investigation found multiple areas of concern in the mayor's conduct, and the final report from the probe has been sent to state and local agencies for review for potential violations of the Ohio Revised Code or the codified ordinances of the City of Dover.

Dover Mayor Richard Homrigausen locks the door of the Service Director and Building Department's office  shortly after firing former Service Director Dave Douglas, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."
Dover Mayor Richard Homrigausen locks the door of the Service Director and Building Department's office shortly after firing former Service Director Dave Douglas, Tuesday, Dec 21 in Dover. Three people were fired at the end of the business day. When questioned about the events, the mayor said he was, " ... just taking care of business."

This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Homrighausen fires three Dover employees

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