Fair board executive director resigns following arrest

Fair Board executive director resigns following arrest

DAYTON — The Montgomery County Fair Board executive director has resigned after being arrested for soliciting and loitering, records show.

Gregory A. Wallace was arrested Sept. 25 by Dayton police and pleaded not guilty to both charges Friday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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The circumstances that led to his arrest were not immediately available. However, we are working to gather additional details.

The fair board released a statement Monday after News Center 7 inquired about Wallace’s arrest.

“The Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board of Directors would like to thank Greg for his guidance during our move to the new facility,” the statement read.

Wallace resigned his position with the fair on Sunday, officials said.

Wallace worked for the city of Carlisle for 22½ years before retiring in May 2016 to become the Montgomery County Fair director.

During his tenure in Carlisle he served as fire chief until September 2009 and continued as the city's planning/zoning administrator until his 2016 retirement. He also served as interim/acting city/village manager, safety director and public works/service director when those positions became temporarily vacant. He also was considered for village manager but was not selected.

In March 2008, he was cited for failure to pay Middletown city income taxes in 2000, 2003 and 2005.

He also served as pastor of the Tytus Avenue First Church of God in Middletown for a number of years.