Mayor Whaley weighs in on jail lawsuits

Montgomery County Jail (WDTN Photo/Fred Taylor)

DAYTON (WDTN) — The Mayor of Dayton is weighing in on a recent string of lawsuits filed against the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The eight lawsuits allege civil rights violations and misconduct at the Montgomery County Jail.

The County Commission has requested the Department of Justice investigate the claims.

Mayor Nan Whaley says Sheriff Phil Plummer is right to call for an oversight committee. Whaley says she would like to see the investigation handled locally.

“Absolutely, I’m concerned,” Whaley said. “We wouldn’t respond or engage in this if we weren’t concerned.”

“We are glad to see the sheriff made the first step and we are willing to partner to make sure there is autonomy and transparency and openness in this process,” Whaley said. “I think that’s very important.”

Sheriff Plummer responded to the commission’s request for a DOJ investigation, calling that request politically motivated. He also said accusing his deputies “without due process is totally out of line.”

The DOJ has acknowledged it received the request, but has not said if it will open an investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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