City of Wilmington Press Releases


February 15, 2019

Officer Under Investigation Resigns

(WILMINGTON) – Wilmington Police officer Anthony Mitchell resigned today. In January, Mitchell was placed on administrative leave by Mayor John Stanforth pending completion of a criminal investigation.

Stanforth said the resignation comes in the wake of the city’s decision to seek a pre-disciplinary hearing for Mitchell to address his alleged failure to follow departmental rules and procedures. Mitchell’s resignation now forestalls additional administrative sanctions against Mitchell.

Mayor Stanforth expressed his thanks to Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer and the department’s deputies who have assisted the city in covering the local schools as resource officers while the city is in transition.

Mayor Stanforth said that efforts to replace Mitchell will begin immediately. “The city of Wilmington is budgeted for a full force of police officers, and I intend to work vigorously to fulfill the expectations of our residents.”

“Our actions will protect the integrity of our police department and support the important work they do for all of us,” said Stanforth. “We rely on the hard work and good faith of all the men and women who work for the City of Wilmington, and as disappointed as I am in the actions of a few, I’m satisfied that we are addressing the issues carefully and expeditiously.”  Mayor Stanforth stated that he is proud of the WPD’s ability to serve our community dutifully and faithfully during this challenging time.  Their collaborative efforts will serve us well as we rebuild.


February 1, 2019

Source Water Protection Meeting                                                    

The City of Wilmington Water Department has launched a source water protection program to help ensure its residents continue to have viable sources of clean drinking water.  The first step in this program is to create a plan to determine the best ways to prevent contaminants from entering the water supply.  The City invites volunteers from the community to participate in the development and execution of the plan.

Wilmington utilizes Caesar Creek Lake and Cowan Creek for its water sources.  Stakeholders will work to identify factors threatening water quality, develop strategies to address water quality concerns and collaborate on projects that work to improve water quality in both water bodies.  Those interested in participating are invited to attend a kickoff meeting will be held on Thursday February 21st from 10-11AM in the Wilmington Municipal Building Community Room, located at 69 North South Street, Wilmington.

Wilmington Water Department
Travis Luncan, Source Water Protection Program Coordinator 
(937) 382-3614


January 23, 2019

Following the advice of the City’s legal counsel, Brett Geary with Clemons and Nelson, Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth announced that Police Chief Duane Weyand was placed on administrative leave Tuesday pending the outcome of investigations of department personnel and a review of internal procedures.

The decision comes in the wake of four separate investigations now underway involving three current officers, a former patrol officer, and an administrative 

assistant. The investigations are ongoing at this time.

“The city of Wilmington takes all allegations of misconduct against employees very seriously, which is why we have sought independent investigations into allegations against our officers and staff,” said Stanforth.

Stanforth said separate investigations of alleged misconduct involve police officers Josh Riley and Anthony Mitchell, who are on administrative leave, former officer Jerry Popp, and Anna Collins, the department’s administrative assistant, who has also been place on administrative leave.  The city has further been advised by legal counsel not to discuss specific allegations against employees until the completion of investigations.

Stanforth said that Sgt. Ron Cravens has been appointed acting chief. A department employee since 1999, Sgt. Cravens was named “Officer of the Year” in 2017. “We depend on our police department to help provide a safe environment for the community, and the city is committed to protecting the integrity of our department and the faith and trust that our citizens place in it,” said Stanforth.


City of Wilmington 
Mayor’s Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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