I-Team: What led to the firing of the Olmsted Falls Police Chief

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OLMSTED FALLS - The Fox 8 I-Team has uncovered the story behind the firing of Olmsted Falls Police Chief Dan Gilles. He lost his job on Tuesday.

He got paid $80,000 to run a small department. The I-Team has obtained records showing, again and again, the mayor documented Gilles not doing what he was told, or not doing his job in other ways. The records outline a lack of policies and discipline.

Gilles even had been scolded for what didn’t happen with criminal cases. For instance, “Numerous cases are not being referred to the prosecutor.”

Records show the mayor also raised questions about the chief and others using police cars to go home or run errands.

In January, the I-Team also started asking about a sweeping review of computer usage by the Olmsted Falls Police Department. That showed some officers spending time on the internet instead of protecting the streets. When we went to headquarters in January, Gilles claimed he knew almost nothing about the findings of that computer review.

Ultimately, a new deputy chief led the investigation into the computer usage. Now, nearly a dozen officers have received disciplinary letters.

That new Deputy Chief has now been named Interim Chief. Bill Traine, a retired Cleveland Police supervisor.

We went to the former chief’s house and called for comment on this story. By text, he referred us to his union rep. We left a message and have not heard back.

One other factor involved in all this, legal expenses piling up. Records show tens of thousands of dollars worth just in recent months.

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