2013-10-26 / Editorials & Letters

Fire, police department have serious management issues

Editor:

While I do think our mayor and development director showed their immaturity in a public meeting, I do want to thank Karen Cookston for her professionalism in chairing the Planning/BZA meeting while the two school boys were misbehaving.

Public officials have an obligation to the public to get professional police officers. Buckeye Lake Village officials re-hired a police officer who had been ARRESTED AND JAILED for 19 counts of poaching. That officer is Adrian “Andy” Davis, a taxidermist and son-in-law to former Police Chief Ron Small. Davis’ arrest and criminal activity made the Fall 2005 edition of Wild Ohio!

Prior to these 19 charges, Davis had incurred a citation for a hunting violation in Licking County. Davis has recently expressed interest in getting a K9 unit for Buckeye Lake. I am totally opposed to our village spending any money on a dog and especially for an officer who seems to blatantly disregard the law and whose morality may be in question.

Our village has some serious management issues in the police AND fire departments. How long are we going to allow this nonfeasance to continue?! Not only is the mismanagement a blow to the public, it is also a slap in the face of the GOOD police officers and GOOD firefighters (of which we have both)! I’ll be voting against the fire levy until the management of the department is held accountable.

Bonnie Mansfield
Buckeye Lake

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