Greenfield superintendent charged with OVI; case pending


Greenfield Village Exempted Schools Superintendent Joe Wills was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence last month in Clinton County.

Clinton County Municipal Court records indicate Wills was charged at 11:28 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, by the Ohio Highway Patrol. He was also cited for speeding. He was arraigned on Feb. 22. A final pretrial hearing is set for April 26, according to court documents.

Wills is represented by Cincinnati defense attorney Edward Perry, who has filed a jury demand, a request for a bill of particulars and discovery, a motion to preserve all evidence, including audio and video evidence, and an appeal of license suspension, according to court documents.

A dispatcher with the Ohio Highway Patrol post in Wilmington said Saturday that the local post could not provide information on the traffic stop, and that all requests had to go through the patrol’s public affairs office in Columbus, contrary to The Times-Gazette’s usual experience seeking information from the patrol.

Wills has been superintendent at Greenfield since 2013. He came to that post after serving since 2005 as the personnel director for the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center/Adams County Ohio Valley School District. Prior to that, Wills served at Lynchburg-Clay Local School District as a physical education teacher. As varsity basketball coach, Wills led the Mustangs to the final four in the state tournament in 1993. Within the L-C district, Wills moved on to athletic director and then assistant principal before becoming the principal of the middle school.

Reached Saturday, Wills said he did not want to comment while the case is pending.

By Gary Abernathy

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