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Change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber



MARION, Ohio — A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled in the case of Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber.

Barber was charged in November with OVI, a felony, and traffic lanes/line violation, a misdemeanor, according to Marion Municipal Court records.

Barber previously pleaded not guilty and refused a sobriety test on-scene when he was pulled over in November.

During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, Barber’s attorney notified the judge that he would like a change-of-plea hearing, which has been scheduled for March 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Barber has resigned from the district, effective July 31.

Barber will remain on paid medical leave through July 31 and will receive a $20,000 payment for longevity, according to a settlement agreement reached by the district and Barber. News was the first to report when Barber, whose salary was most recently listed as $180,000 annually by the Ohio Treasurer’s Office, was pulled over and charged with OVI and traffic lanes/line violation in the Marion area on Friday, November 29.

Robert Boes, who served as assistant superintendent, was named interim superintendent.

SEE ALSO: Dashcam footage shows moment Barber is charged

Barber was previously found guilty of OVI in 2017, shortly after being hired by Tiffin City Schools. He previously served as superintendent of Marion City Schools.

This is the second time Barber has been on medical leave this year. Previously, he was on leave from April 17 until June 3.

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