Olmsted Falls police chief suspended for insubordination

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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio-– Police Chief Daniel Gilles has been suspended for three days without pay, for insubordination.

According to the disciplinary letter obtained by the FOX 8 I-Team, the chief  will  have a disciplinary conference, where a last-chance agreement will be discussed on Nov. 20.

The letter said the chief was ordered by Mayor Ann Marie Donegan to work from 9 to 5, but he changed his hours to work 7 to 1.  The letter also stated that since Sept. 30, the mayor said the chief has not made “sufficient effort  to perform the duties required of your position.”

When contacted by phone,  Chief Gilles referred us to his attorney.  A call to the attorney has not yet been returned.  The chief’s suspension is expected to begin next Monday.

Mayor Donegan released the following statement:

“The City of Olmsted Falls is fortunate to have dedicated and enthusiastic employees whom I highly value and respect for their loyal service to the City.  It is difficult for any supervisor to have to discipline an employee who is not performing the essential functions of his or her position.”

Domestic violence charges filed against the mayor were dismissed in September. \Police were called to Donegan’s house by a relative, who said the mayor’s 11-year-old son called crying.

A relative of the mayor taped the phone call and gave it to police. She said she taped the conversation because she was concerned for her nephew.

Police said there was no physical altercation. A visiting judge in Berea Municipal Court dismissed the charges before a trial began.

The mayor’s friends said she is a good mother and the charges were trumped up by a police department that doesn’t like her. Police officials disagree, saying the mayor was treated like everyone else.

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