You see people post day after day complaining about government corruption but when suddenly it hits closer to home it's no longer corruption now it's bashing ? WSB sent a reporter to get to the bottom of this and allow officials to straighten it out but were greeted by locking the doors to a public facility. That does not give the appearance of a government that has nothing to hide. Thanks for sharing TP.
Thirteen officers have left the department since chief VandeZande took over in 2013. We're only talking an approximate 21-officer force so the recent departures of new and veteran officers alike were of great concern to the City Council. Enough so that they hired private investigator Jim Baker, who presented his findings to the council during a closed-door, executive session on Tuesday night.
Whatever Baker found, it's something Vande Zande doesn't want to be discussed.
We ran into a helpful officer in the parking lot of the police station around lunchtime and he offered to call the chief for us. The chief, in turn, sent his own message while we were parked outside.
He sent that officer out to say he declined an interview and then they locked the doors to the police department, a public building, so we couldn't get back in.
The investigation won't become a public record until later this month, but former and current officers describe a hostile work environment to us.
It's in line with the reason behind Vande Zande's 2012 termination from the assistant chief position in Canton.
In this termination letter, then-Chief Robert Merchant told Vande Zande, his "lack of strong and effective leadership had had a profound and negative impact on employee morale and performance."
The fact that Vande Zande isn't willing to discuss his unique request to conceal the investigators findings doesn't sit well with some city residents.
"Something seems fishy. He needs to be looked into. Absolutely. Without a shadow of a doubt," said resident Roger Allen.
The city's mayor has not returned a message about the conditions of Vande Zande's request.
On Tuesday night, the council is set to vote on more money, about $2,000 to finish paying for the private investigator's work.
We'll be able to access the records, by state law, later this month.
Vande Zande's resignation is effective in mid-April.
Edited by The Postman, 06 February 2018 - 02:42 PM.
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