By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
CELINA, OHIO -
Former Celina Police Chief, David Slusser, made a public statement on Friday after filing an appeal against allegations that led to his termination as chief. Slusser appealed the termination from his position after he was accused of not processing evidence properly, altering time sheets of employees and not cleaning laptops of police business. Celina Mayor, Jeff Hazel, refused to release a statement on camera but did release this written statement.
"It is unfortunate that Mr. Slusser and his attorney, Greg Wilson, have chosen to make inappropriate statements in their press conference when we've had no discussions with Mr. Slusser's new attorney. As to the accusations and insinuations Mr. Slusser has purported, it is true that the former mayor requested that I resign, which I voluntarily did since I was an appointed and at-will employee that served at the pleasure of the mayor. There was no threat of termination. It is also entirely false that there was or is any political motivation behind the personnel actions that occurred as a result of complaints to the city administration from the public and employees. The former chief was placed on administration leave, with pay, for the safety and best interest of the public and several employees that came forward as "whistle blowers" in their complaints against the former chief." It is entirely false that there was or is any political motivation behind the personnel actions that occurred as a result of complaints to the city administration from the public and employees."
Celina's civil service has 30 days from last Friday (June 21, 2013) to schedule a hearing.