BRIMFIELD, Ohio – The I-Team has uncovered a criminal investigation into a popular local police chief just forced to step down.
Former Brimfield Chief David Oliver recently retired in a sexual harassment scandal, but the I-Team has learned other allegations have now surfaced.
Officials with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation have confirmed to the I-Team that they are investigating a matter regarding internal issues at the Brimfield Police Department.
Township officials said the issues involved allegations involving former Chief David Oliver, but they would not release any details since the matter is under investigation.
“After Chief Oliver retired, we heard some things at the police department, and just like we would do with any other employee of Brimfield Township, we would investigate to make sure the claims are valid or not valid; that’s what we are doing at this point,” said John Dalziel, township fiscal officer.
Township officials stress the investigation is not a personal vendetta against the retired chief, who was a social media sensation due to his highly popular Facebook page.
“No, it’s not a personal attack,” said Acting Chief Chris Adkins. “Some questions were raised; we can’t handle that internally, so moved to an outside agency.”
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office asked BCI to investigate January 27.
BCI agents have recently interviewed several officers. We called the former chief and went to this house but couldn’t find him. No charges have been filed.
Oliver retired last month after a female officer filed a complaint against him alleging sexual harassment and said the former chief created a hostile work environment.
Oliver denied the allegations and said he retired due to health reasons.
BCI will not say how long the investigation could take.