Greenfield superintendent’s case set for June 1 plea hearing


By Gary Abernathy - gabernathy@civitasmedia.com



The impaired driving and speeding case in Clinton County against Greenfield Village Exempted Schools Supt. Joe Wills is set for a June 1 plea hearing, but an official with the Wilmington prosecutor’s office said negotiations are ongoing.

Wills was charged with OVI and speeding in Clinton County in February.

A final pretrial hearing was held Wednesday. Jane Horne, administrative assistant in the Wilmington law director’s office, said Thursday that the June 1 plea hearing “may or may not resolve the case.” She said negotiations are continuing.

Court records indicate Wills was charged at 11:28 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Wills is represented by Cincinnati defense attorney Edward Perry, who had previously 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.

The state’s case is being handled by assistant city prosecutor Laura Gibson.

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.

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By Gary Abernathy

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