Police Chief Responds to Allegations
Posted Monday, August 11th 2014 @ 5pm
Roger Moore has been away from his job as chief of Chillicothe Police since July 25. He's on paid administrative leave after Mayor Jack Everson ordered him to write a "sincere" apology to two other local leaders and Moore's apologies didn't meet that requirement.
The two-hour hearing with Moore, his attorney, Chillicothe Safety Director Mike Green, and a city attorney will determine whether there is probable cause to move forward punishing the chief over a list of eight allegations of wrongdoing. Some of the items on that list date back to 2012.
"That's why I'm shocked that these allegations continue to come up even though I felt they had been resolved, mostly in my favor," said Moore.
He's fighting them all, including the most recent which involved those apology letters. They follow letters Moore wrote to Chillicothe City Schools Superintendent Jon Saxton over lack of a school safety plan being developed with the local police and fire departments and to Ross County Sheriff George Lavender about undercover deputies working in the city without his knowledge.
"I thought I was trying to do the right thing to make sure our kids were protected and make sure our city was safe from what they call blue-on-blue gunfire and officers not understanding each other's role," Moore said.
He said he has no problem apologizing to people, but he doesn't feel it's warranted in this situation.
"I'll apologize if I need to apologize, but in this case I'm not going to apologize for doing my statutory duty as the chief of police," he said.
Moore is suspect about the timing of this whole situation. He's currently fighting an appeal over a lawsuit he filed against the city over the death of his wife, who worked at the Chillicothe Fire Department.
"I have concerns over why this is happening at this time in my life and my career. I don't understand what prompted the mayor to come forward with this," he said.
Moore has been told in the past to avoid putting the city in a "negative light." He says it's something he's tried to do. When it comes to the past incidents, which include being involved in a shouting match outside a Chillicothe bar, a traffic stop for speeding in his personal vehicle - an unmarked police SUV, and a disagreement with a city employee that prompted a 911 call, Moore points out that he was never charged or disciplined.
"This is all just surprising," he said.
Moore vows to fight all the way to court if he has to in order to keep his job.
The city wouldn't comment on the situation because it's a personnel issue.