CG leaders meet to discuss alleged misconduct

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 29, 2008

COAL GROVE — The Village of Coal Grove Council met Tuesday evening in a specially called session to investigate a complaint against a public employee or official, according to Mark McCown, the village’s attorney.

The mayor declined to be interviewed about the meeting but issued the following statement through a third party.

“There have been questions regarding personnel matters on the Village of Coal Grove concerning a village official. A preliminary review of documents obtained have not shown any wrong doing” Mayor Larry McDaniel said.

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“However the council and I are performing its duties and formally reviewing the matter. When all of the evidence is obtained, the council and I will take those measures it believes are in the best interest of the citizens of the Village of Coal Grove. We will give no further comments until such time as the review is completed.”

Messages left at the village clerk-treasurer Debbie Fields’ office, home and cell phone were not returned. Messages left at the mayor’s home seeking further information were not returned.

Coal Grove Police Chief Jason Bloomfield said he wasn’t informed of any incident.

“I’m unaware of any investigation. My office has not been contacted by the major or council to investigate any wrongdoing by a village employee or official.”

At this point the council is conducting what McCown calls a legislative review.

“The village will take an appropriate course of action after gathering all information,” McCown said.