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Published: Thursday, 7/10/2014

Insubordination led to Perrysburg Township officers' demotions


Insubordination stemming from criticism of a crime-scene investigation unit led to the demotion of two Perrysburg Township detectives, which has drawn the ire of the employees‘ union.

Officer Jim Gross was demoted from being a sergeant, making $33.42 a hour, to an officer, paid $30.33 an hour. Officer Scott Moskowski was removed of his detective honor, but his pay stayed at $29.74 per hour.

Insubordination were complaints against both officers, and Mr. Gross had a complaint for not knowing, observing, and obeying directives and expectations because he was told to stop but continued to speak negatively about Officer Jeff Slusher and the crime scene investigative unit. The CSI unit is new to the township. The demotions happened in May.

“We‘‍re striving to be professionals and that means we have to be accountable,” said Michael Gilmore, township deputy police chief. “We are striving to be the most professional department in the area and are policing ourselves.”

Michelle Sullivan, representing the township police union Ohio Patrolmen’‍s Benevolent Association, said the officers may have been guilty of a minor rule infraction but the punishment was “excessive.”

“The infraction did not call for the level of discipline imposed,” she said.

Neither officer had a prior negative incident in his township personnel file.

Another township officer recently was fired for a separate incident, but his termination has been appealed, a process that should be completed by the end of July. That officer‘‍s name has not been disclosed.

The department has eight patrolmen, three sergeants, and six dispatchers.

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