CELINA – Chief of police Dave Slusser, who remains on administrative leave due to allegations of misconduct, has been criticized for job performance multiple times by city administrators and has previously been suspended.
“The hardest thing for the public to grasp is they (civil servants) got this protection, they have this bubble, and it’s under the Ohio Revised Code,” mayor Jeff Hazel said. “And that bubble keeps you from going too far with it.”
Slusser has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 14 by order of safety service director Tom Hitchcock. City consultant Clemans Nelson & Associates and city law director George Moore are leading an internal investigation into unspecified allegations of misconduct. Hazel said the investigation may be concluded as soon as next week.
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