A Lake Township police sergeant will be suspended from duty without pay for being intoxicated while off duty.
Police Chief Mark Hummer imposed the disciplinary measure Thursday after meeting with Sgt. Scott Sims, who was driven home from his brother’s wedding reception last month by two members of the township’s volunteer fire department after they became concerned he was unable to drive safely.
The disciplinary memo from the chief to Sgt. Sims says, “You are hereby suspended from duty, without pay from the Lake Township Police Department for a period of 5 working days. 3 days shall be served at the discretion of the Chief of Police and the following 2 days will be held in abeyance for a period of one year from this date.”
If there aren’t more disciplinary actions against the sergeant in a year the two-day suspension will be waived.
The memo is to remain in Sims’s personnel file for up to two years as stipulated in the department’s union contract.
The township trustees on Feb. 21 accepted the resignations of Fire Chief Todd Walters and the firefigher/emergency medical technicians, Richard Hallock and Michelle Hallock.
The three were at the wedding reception of Sgt. Sims’s brother, Steve, also a member of the fire department. Scott Sims and Steve Sims are the sons of Ron Sims, a township trustee.
After driving Sgt. Sims to his home, which is outside the township, the Hallocks administered two bags of saline solution intravenously to him.
The trustees, Richard Welling and Melanie Bowen, said their action violated township regulations and occurred on Walter’s watch.
The saline solution bags were taken from the township fire station on Ayers Road.
Ron Sims didn’t attend the Feb. 21 meeting.
Chief Hummer’s memo thanks Sgt, Sims for his honesty during the investigation and says the chief has…”faith that you will continue to serve the residents of Lake Township with compassion and dignity in the future.”
“He’s a good officer and some poor decision shouldn’t reflect on his whole career,” the chief said Thursday. “People are human, we don’t employ robots. We dealt with the situation and move on from here.”
Sgt. Sims is one of two K-9 officers with the department and is co-commander of a recently formed Special Weapons and Tactics team that includes personnel from several police deparatments and serves northern Wood County.
He has been a member of the township police department for 15 years.
Chief Hummer said he had no discussions with Ron Sims about the disciplinary measure prior to the sergeant’s hearing.