BRIMFIELD, Ohio- Brimfield Township Police Chief David Oliver has been suspended for two weeks unpaid.
Township Executive Robert Keller said the board of trustees voted to suspend Oliver during a special meeting Monday morning for an administrative policy violation.
Greg Beck, attorney for the board, said this involves an investigation into the gender-based discrimination policy for the police department. An outside attorney was hired to investigate.
"My elected folks are some of the best I have ever worked with. Had they not enforced the policy and disciplined me, the system would be worthless," Oliver posted on Facebook. "No one is above the rules. I am a big believer in taking responsibility and punishment; I expect it from my subordinates and will certainly adhere to my own expectations." (See all of his statement below)
Oliver gained popularity through the police department’s Facebook page, where he posts crime anecdotes and reactions to big news stories. Brimfield Township has a population of about 10,000 people, but the Brimfield Police Department has more than 175,000 Facebook fans.
The outspoken police chief wrote a book called “No Mopes Allowed” and hosts a radio show on WNIR 100-FM on Saturdays. WNIR CEO Bill Klaus had nothing to say about the suspension since it does not deal with the radio station.
The police department would not comment.