LIMA — According to local businessman Ray Magnus, a memo released by the Lima Law Department Thursday has effectively disproved allegations he had made earlier this week regarding Councilor Jamie Dixon’s residency requirements.
“As far as I’m concerned, this matter is closed. It’s not about the job (Dixon) was doing because personally I think he was doing a pretty good job as 5th Ward councilor. This was about another issue of residence, nothing more and nothing less,” Magnus said.
Dixon could not be reached for comment.
Magnus’s satisfaction regarding the evidence closes out a whirlwind week of new developments concerning the residency of the freshman councilor. On Monday, Magnus presented evidence to council that he had gathered from tailing Dixon over a roughly three-week period allegedly proving Dixon lived outside the 5th Ward.
On Tuesday, B. LaMont Monford Sr, a well-known pastor associated with the Lima Area Black Ministerial Alliance, posted a video on social media making the case that Dixon was the target of unfair rumors due to his unwillingness to run for council president. Magnus had pursued his investigation a week after Dixon had made a public comment refusing Magnus’s financial backing for a potential campaign.
On Wednesday, Magnus had threatened to sue Monford for libel. Also on Wednesday, Dixon submitted evidence to Law Director Tony Geiger that effectively proved his residency in the 5th Ward.
And on Thursday, Geiger communicated his findings after reviewing the evidence presented. After reading the two-page memo, Magnus said he was glad to see that Dixon had effectively proved that legally, he did live within the 5th Ward.
Movement to pursue the libel lawsuit with Monford, however, will continue, Magnus said. Monford welcomed the challenge Wednesday.
Both parties are private citizens with heavy influence in the Lima community, and a potential legal showdown could prove interesting as both have operated on opposite sides of many divisive issues in the past year.
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