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Highland Heights mayor steps down amid investigation into alleged campaign finance violations

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 18:14:22-05

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Highland Heights is getting a new mayor following the resignation of its current mayor, who stepped down amid a campaign finance investigation.

Officials from the city say Scott Colemen turned in a resignation letter Tuesday. City Council President Chuck Brunello Jr. is currently the acting mayor.

The resignation follows a report of possible financial wrongdoing from the campaign of Congressman David Joyce. Coleman served as treasurer of The Friends of Dave Joyce campaign.

City officials said they are working on filling the now-vacant council seat. Next week, a new city council president could be elected. Following the election, the council will have 30 days to fill the empty position. If one isn’t found, the new mayor could appoint someone to that seat.

Campaign officials say they uncovered information that points to the misuse of money. The findings were reported to the Federal Elections Commission and local law enforcement.