Crestline Mayor To Step Down From Position At Weeks End

  • 10/16/2018 9:44:03 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

CRESTLINE, OH - Allen Moore has announced that he plans to step down from the position of Mayor of Crestline at the end of this week. 

This comes after video was released showing Moore using racial slurs during a casual conversation with Crestline Chief of Police Joseph Butler. 

Allen Moore made the announcement during a Village of Crestline meeting on Monday, where multiple residents appeared expressing their concerns about the current state of Crestline. 

No statement was available regarding Allen Moore's intention to resign. 

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

In the video, Moore is showing Chief Butler around his garage. When talking about the ceiling work, Moore responded by saying: "One-hundred-and-six bucks a piece, man... so, instead of n****-rigging - that's what I call it - you know, I rather have it look like it was professionally built." 

Later in the video, Moore began discussing events that happened in 1972. Moore stated that an individual "shot a lot of windows of n***** houses." 

Moore later says "I was uptown when them n***** riled up Jack, in '72." 

Mayor Moore used the word one more time later in the video. 

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.

The full text of Moore's letter is as follows.


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

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