The Press Newspaper
The Village of Genoa will accept applications for the position of police chief until Feb. 5, Mayor Mark Williams said.
The village is looking for a replacement for Chief Bob Bratton, who resigned after being accused of mishandling a Furtherance of Justice fund between 2008 and 2011 while he was Ottawa County Sheriff.
A hearing on the charge is scheduled for Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court in Toledo.
According to an advertisement placed in The Press, the village is looking for candidates with 10-15 years experience as police officers, including four years at a rank of sergeant or higher.
Application forms are available on the village website.
Mayor Williams said the village is also advertising with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
The salary will be determined when an applicant is chosen, he said. The current pay ordinance for the position sets the salary at about $59,000 annually.
“Depending on the candidate, council can bring in a new ordinance to pay more if they need to,” Williams said.
Sgt. Todd Mocniak has temporarily assumed the chief’s duties.
Bratton, 60, served as sheriff from 2004 to 2011.
The Furtherance of Justice is to be used to help cover costs of official law enforcement duties. Revenues come from the federal government but are administered by the state. In the past, Bratton said, he had spent the money on dozens of purchases, including from meals for inmates on work detail in the aftermath of the 2010 tornado to gift cards distributed to various personnel over the years.
Following the audit, Bratton paid back $7,214 in February 2012, which included the costs of the investigation. He thought, at the time, that was the end of the matter.
“I sat right there with the auditor’s office attorney during the whole thing and he told me that he did not find anything criminal. He said this was a civil infraction,” Bratton said.
Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said Bratton had done a “good job” for the village department.