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The Suburbanite
  • Former Lakemore administrator Chad Pryor jailed

  • Former Village Administrator Chad Pryor turned himself in to Springfield Township Police Dec. 12 for one felony count of theft in office.  Other charges are pending in this ongoing investigation. 


    Pryor, 38, had been the village administrator since 2008.  Police said he took at least $1,298 from the Lakemore village according to Sgt. Eric East of the department. 

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  • Former Village Administrator Chad Pryor turned himself in to Springfield Township Police Dec. 12 for one felony count of theft in office.  Other charges are pending in this ongoing investigation. 
    Pryor, 38, had been the village administrator since 2008.  Police said he took at least $1,298 from the Lakemore village according to Sgt. Eric East of the department.  
    Pryor was placed on unpaid leave Sept. 15 and was fired Oct. 3. As village administrator, his duties included, managing public utilities, collecting rent on utilities, supervising the maintenance of public places including streets and sidewalks. He also acted as zoning inspector. His annual salary including benefits totaled more than $68,000 making Pryor the highest paid village employee.
    “I am extremely disappointed,” said Mayor Mike Kolomichuk.  “Was I surprised, no? I had suspected things for the last couple of years that just didn’t appear to be right.” 
    Kolomichuk said Pryor would not follow procedures, policies and requirements. 
    “He refused to do it.  When you have all these inconsistencies time and time again you begin to question somebody’s honesty,” he said.
    Kolomichuk said that what did surprise him was the extent of things that took place. 
    “It was bold,” Kolomichuk said. “Bold would be an understatement.”
    Pryor was not available for comment.
    Pryor was charged with one felony account at this time and several incidents were included in the charge. More charges are pending, police said.
    The Lakemore Fire Department had purchased new bay doors. Pryor allegedly scrapped the doors and did not return the money to the Village. Also included in the charge were several occasions that Pryor is said to have used the village credit card to put gas in his personal vehicle.  East said he also used his position to acquire a boat dock for himself and never paid the village.
    Pryor is free on bond.
    “He voluntarily turned himself in without incident and he was taken to court where he bonded out,” East said.
    The investigation is ongoing and police said the case will go to the grand jury within the next couple of weeks.