LIMA — The former head of the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority filed her own lawsuit Wednesday alleging the head of the board that oversees the center was out to get her after she addressed misconduct at the agency.
Cindi Ring filed the lawsuit in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking her job back, back pay and benefits, legal fees, and more than $25,000 in damages. The lawsuit is nearly identical to an action filed last week by Traci Rogers, who was fired last month from his job as the manager of maintenance for the agency.
Ring names the housing authority and the chairman of the board of directors, Lamont Monford, as defendants.
Monford declined comment and referred a call to his attorney, Matt Huffman. Huffman could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Ring was fired Aug. 11 after she was placed on administrative leave Aug. 2. She said the circumstances connected to her termination began a year ago when she became aware the former assistant director of the agency, Daniel Hughes, was soliciting and accepting gratuities for his church from a third-party vendor for not interfering with the vendor’s continued work assignments with the housing authority, the lawsuit said.
Ring said she met with Hughes and Rogers, and told Hughes to report his possible misconduct to the Ohio Ethics Commission, which he did. The agency conducted an investigation of the matter, which Monford said found there was no violation of law.
Hughes resigned July 30.
She also said Hughes used his position to get preferential housing and employment opportunities for members of his church, the lawsuit said.
Ring further said Monford was out to get her for investigating housing authority employees who falsified their timecards, the lawsuit said.
She also said the agency did not properly conduct the termination process. She said it was conducted outside the scope of the state’s Open Meetings Act and she was not given the chance to challenge it.