Richard Bingham

Mr. Bingham was sworn in as Mayor on January 2, 2024.  Prior to being sworn in as Mayor, Mr. Bingham served on Village Council beginning in 2018 where he was appointed to the Whitehouse Tree Commission. He is a 1985 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School. Richard is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and earned his Associate’s Degree from Northwest State in Criminal Justice Management.   Mr. Bingham has a long career of public service, first as an Ohio Civil Rights Investigator and then working in law enforcement for the past 30 years having served on departments in Wauseon, OH (Patrolman, Detective, Detective Sergeant and Lieutenant), Pemberville, OH (Chief of Police), the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Toledo, OH (Chief of Police), Waterville Township, Waterville, OH (Chief of Police, Retired), Mercy Health Police Department (Lieutenant) Toledo, OH and currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Village of Fayette. Mr. Bingham is a also graduate of the Ohio Police Executive Leadership College and the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program. Richard is the former Vice President of the Anthony Wayne Area AWAKE Coalition, as well as a board member on the Destination Whitehouse Committee, and was an adviser to the Lourdes University Criminal Justice Program.  He currently serves as as an instructor for the Spring Green Foundation Youth Diversion Program. Richard is a member of the Whitehouse American Legion, Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a past member of the Ohio Police Benevolent Association (Union Steward), Ohio Police Benevolent Command Officers Association (Union Steward) and AFSCME unions.  Richard and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in the Anthony Wayne Area for more than 40 years and enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Miley and Harlee, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Feel free to email Richard at or call 419-877-5383 Ext. 270 with any questions.