Embattled Austintown Trustee Steve Kent steps down as chairperson
Austintown Township Trustee Steve Kent, embroiled in criminal and civil legal battles, has stepped down as that board’s chairperson.
At Monday night’s trustee's meeting, Kent made a motion to resign the chairmanship, only saying that it was a mutual decision among all three trustees.
Kent has been under fire since being charged with sexual battery involving a minor at the school where he worked as a resource officer and after a teenager recently filed a civil lawsuit against him.
While the trustees have no authority to remove an elected official, fellow trustee Monica Deavers said they hope this sends a message to the community.
“I hope it shows that we care and that we are all working together and that’s what we need for Austintown,” said Deavers. “It was a mutual agreement, and it went very well. It was very understanding”
Deavers was named the new chairperson. Kent will still remain a trustee while the legal process plays out.