Tony Tipps, former BOE worker, busted for meth

Last year, broke the story about the firing of Tony Tipps from the Board of Elections. Now, Tipps, son of former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps, and now a lobbyist, has been arrested for possession and trafficking in meth according to “Peak of Ohio” and the Bellfontaine Examiner.

Tony Tipps, son of Paul Tipps

Tony Tipps having a Mel Gibson moment

The Ohio Investigative Unit made three drug-related arrests early Saturday morning during a music festival at Zane Shawnee Caverns, 7092 State Route 540, Bellefontaine.

Robert Allton, 24, and James Davis, 29, both of Columbus, and Anthony Tipps (pictured right), 52, of Dayton, were each charged with felony counts of possession of drugs and drug trafficking in methamphetamine.

via Three arrested on drug charges at Zane Shawnee Caverns festival | Peak of Ohio.

Tipps is one of the subjects being investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff for sending out the letter that accuses the directors of screwing up the provisional ballots in the 2006 election. That the BOE might have done something wrong is not the focus of the investigation, and undoubtedly, Tipps’ arrest will make it even easier for them to pass the buck.

Considering that the BOE also has hired an employee’s family member convicted of rape, and now this, someone would think that it’s time to clean house at the BOE and start fresh. These aren’t the kind of people we want running our elections- are they?

Tipps had his job at the BOE for at least ten years, thanks to his father’s powerful connections in the Democratic party. His father is called a close confidant of Senator John Glenn and he sits on the board of John Glenn School of Public Policy. Is this the only qualification needed to get a job at the BOE- connections?

Obviously, when left to fend for himself without daddy’s help- we get a different skill set.

It will be interesting to see if the three accused dealers get similar sentences, or if Tipps Sr. manages to use his connections to once again help his kid out.

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22 Comments on "Tony Tipps, former BOE worker, busted for meth"

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Shortwest Rick
Shortwest Rick

So easy, a caveman could do it.

John Ise

That looks just like me when I wake up in the morning!


They hired a rapist, have current employees with criminal records, admitted they screwed up provisional ballots, and now we know they had a drug dealer working there as well.  The current Montgomery County BOE may go down as the most embarrassing BOE in the history of the State of Ohio.

ur madre




Hehe, could that really be “Tony” ? I presume you can speculate based on ‘where’ he visited from. Don’t tell me he came from a domain !! 


Didn’t yet another Democrat Patronage Baby get busted drinking and driving and fleeing the scene a few years ago  and claimed that a friend named ‘Tony’ was really driving?

Well, we found the Tony.

No doubt these two were out for a drink laughing about how great it was to never have to work a day in their lives, never have to interview for a job and never have to worry about being let go because of their fathers.

David, while I rarely (never) agree with your political positions, I applaud you for going after Democrats just as you go after Republicans when the public is being taken for a ride.


I can promise you that the truth will get him at least 5-10 years!  You dont get charged with trafficking drugs by being in the wrong place at the wrong time! From the Ohio Investigative website, looks like the prosecutors already did him a favor by dropping several charges already, Good luck getting past Manufacturing meth, trafficking, and possession

David Lauri

The Ohio Investigative website is at
If you google “ tipps,” you’ll find a PDF, “Activity Report between 7/4/2011 and 7/11/2011,” that includes the following entry:

Suspect TIPPS , ANTHONY P. Age: 52
7092 ST RT 540
Bellefontaine, Oh 43311
Offense 2921.31 (A) – Obstructing Official Business
Offense 2925.03(A)(1) – Trafficking in Controlled Substance-Marijuana; 2925.11 – Knowingly
obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance-Schedule 1 or 2; 2925.14 (C) (1) –
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 2925.11 – Knowingly obtain, possess, or use a
controlled substance-Marijuana; 2925.03(A)(1) – Aggravated Trafficking in Controlled
Substance – Schedule 1 or 2; 2925.13 – Permitting Drug Abuse; 2925.31 – Abusing
Harmful Intoxicants

David Lauri

By the way, the search function on the Ohio Investigative website itself is for shit.  Enter “Tipps” in the search box on the top of the Ohio Investigative website and you’ll get tons of entries related to “Tipp City,” not very helpful.  Luckily it’s very easy to use Google to search any specific website.


I am confused.  Why did the Board of Elections fire Tony Tipps?  After reading the charges filed against him it sounds like someone the directors there would hire not fire.  Is there a mug shot of Director Harsman relating to when he was on put on probation (Case 1999TRD06709) in October of 2000?  How many criminals has the Deputy Director there hired?  It sounds more and more like the Board of Elections is an organized crime operation instead of just a completely corrupt government office.


David, well were not talking about the quality of their website.  Now Ive been a city worker for 20 years and I know a lot of police officers.  I dont think state police officers go around and waste their time charging people with four felonies that are innocent of breaking any law.  Now a speeding ticket is a little different.  I am sure Mr. Tipps has earned those charges.  Meth is a horrible drug! What possesses people to even want to touch that stuff! Isnt it like 85% addictive?


I think thats about right nasty drug.  Once your addicted good luck getting off.  I was explained that he could be charged with the other charges still when he goes to grand jury? is this correct does any one know.  If so that is a lot of charges.  Bet he isnt sleeping very good.


What do you get if you cross a hairdresser with a werewolf? A monster with an all-over perm.


@DE – What was the pseudonym poster trying to convey?

Tom Blessing
Tom Blessing

I am really surprised that people who you brand with a scarlet letter here are not allowed to mess up with the option of grace.  Everyone has a moment they regret.  You should never judge anyone by the opinion of others…and don’t bring up the past of a person who is trying to change their future.  Everyone you meet is fighting their own battle.  People are allowed to sometimes be weak or make mistakes.  And, people are allowed to be different.  It doesn’t make them ‘weird’ or ‘wrong’.   In fact, I have learned that some of the nicest people have a few vices here and there…and some of the most judgemental people go to church every week.  So keep your mind open and always stay kind.  If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we might set the world in the right direction.

Tom Blessing
Tom Blessing

Facts are facts?  What is that? I did not say anything about truths or untruths — I was speaking to your blog design, reiterating others misfortunes. It is preying on people and further seems to give you a sense of confidence to place a feather in your own cap.. seems pretty gross to me to use people like that and their misfortunes. But, yet what do I know — we live in a world where being mean is cool these days.. being a bully and so forth… just look at the last election.  But in this case, especially when they are trying to better themselves, this page keeps making its way into the public domain. That incident was nearly 6 years ago and you keep it up like a trophy. Maybe if you could put kind things out there and do something nice for someone you might stand a chance to get elected one of these days.  Just sayin,’ facts are facts…