Steve Kent Steps Down From Austintown Trustee Meeting, Monica Deaver Replaces Him
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — At the start of Austintown’s directors’ meeting on Monday, Steve Kent made a quick motion to change the chairman, stepping down from his position as board leader.
“If Mr Kent does not want to remove his seat, there is nothing we can do about it. We are all elected. We can’t fire any of us if we’re not hired as police officers or firefighters,” Monica Deavers, administrator, said at the meeting. “There’s nothing we can do. We’re all equal. We were all elected officials so there’s nothing we can do about it. The only thing we could do was switch chairs.
Following a unanimous vote, Deavers will now assume the role, swapping seats with Kent after the vote.
“Hopefully this will help ease some of the tension and let people know we are worried. And we did the only thing we can do – move chairs,” Deavers said.
The change comes as details continue to come to light about the criminal charges and civil lawsuits Kent faces. The lawsuit centers on Kent’s time as a school resource officer at Poland Seminary High School from 2013 to 2021.
He also faces three counts of sexual assault, as well as tampering with evidence.
The administrators previously released a statement that the charges against Kent are “absolutely disgusting and disturbing”.