Licking County News

Fox agrees to apology and reprimand; will remain on council


Pataskala City Council and Councilman Mike Fox on Jan. 15 negotiated an agreement that required Fox to apologize for the malfeasance charges brought against him.

According to the agreement, Fox apologizes for the charges against him and accepts a public reprimand.

He will retain his seat on City Council.

City Council voted 4-1 to accept the agreement with Todd Barstow, Dan Hayes, Tim Hickin and Bryan Lenzo voting in favor of it and Pat Sagar voting against it. Law Director Rufus Hurst said acceptance of the agreement required a majority vote of City Council.

Sagar said after the meeting the agreement was not in the city’s best interests.

Other City Council members and new Mayor Mike Compton – who was elected last November and previously represented Ward 2 on City Council - said they were happy to be moving forward.

“I think this was the best for everybody,” Compton said.

For more on this story, read the Jan. 19 edition of the ThisWeek Licking County News.