ANNA, Ohio (WDTN) - Village leaders in Anna are releasing new details about administrative charges filed against the police chief.
Our partners at the Sidney Daily News report that Mayor Robert Anderson sent a letter to Chief Scott Evans listing the charges against him including dishonesty and incompetence.
Evans' performance came under fire after he admitted to contacting the FBI about the performance of Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart, Chief Deputy Jim Fry and Anna Fire Chief Tim Bender.
Evans alleges public corruption in the sheriff's office and fire department.
Mayor Anderson is quoted in the Sidney Daily News as having written to Evans, "as Police Chief, you made certain allegations against certain personnel of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Anna Fire Department to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) without adequately investigating the legitimacy of the allegations."
He went on to write, "Upon information and belief you further discussed these unfounded allegations with the local media. Other law enforcement officers and agencies have been mentioned and cited in certain newspaper articles needlessly.”
“You have failed to conduct your official duties that inspire confidence and trust. Your actions related to the FBI investigation, or lack thereof, has resulted in the loss of confidence and loss of support of neighboring law enforcement agencies, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the undersigned,” Anderson wrote. “Your loyalty to the village is in question, upon information and belief you have attempted to gain employment elsewhere at least three times since your appointment as police chief.”
A public hearing is scheduled for August 27. Evans' future with the department is expected to be decided at that time.
Anderson says Evans could face suspension or termination. The Village might also consider disbanding the police department in favor of enforcement by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
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