Party probe hearing complete

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) — A Wednesday morning disciplinary hearing for Girard police officer Larry Neely, currently on paid administrative leave, resulted in both sides presenting their case but little else.

The closed-door hearing lasted a couple of hours. At issue is whether Officer Neely knew anything about underage beer parties taking place at his home while he was at work.

Police raided his home earlier this month after neighbors complained about parties taking place at his home.  Neely has been cleared of criminal charges. Neely, along with his attorney, the city’s police chief, safety service director and the city’s attorney were all present at Wednesday’s hearing.

When asked whether he knew about the parties, Neely said, “No comment.” Police Chief Jeff Palmer would not say what his recommendation was in regards to any disciplinary action against Neely. The chief would only say, “This is a serious matter that will have serious consequences.”

Girard Mayor Jim Melfi will have the ultimate say on whether Neely is fired.  A decision may not be rendered until Monday.

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