Mayor: Struthers detective fired

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Struthers Police detective Ray Greenwood has been fired by city officials, effective at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Greenwood was placed on leave in late May for what the mayor called “inappropriate conduct.” Mayor Terry Stocker would not be specific about what the alleged inappropriate conduct was or who made the allegation.

Earlier Thursday, Greenwood said Stocker was accusing him of insubordination.

In Greenwood’s termination letter, Mayor Terry Stocker stated:

As a police officer, you are held to a higher standard. The public expects more and deserves more from someone to whom it has permitted the authority to arrest others and take away the liberty of its citizens. Unfortunately, due to the gravity surrounding untruthfulness in a police officer and the act of insubordination, as well as the multiple instances of behavior unbecoming a city of Struthers police officer and the impact that those behaviors have on your ability to continue to effectively function as a police officer, there is no other alternative. I sincerely thank you for the service that you have provided up until this point to the City of Struthers and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”

Stocker said that because Greenwood has the right to challenge his termination through the grievance and arbitration procedure, the city administration will not have any further comment on the matter.

Greenwood said he was originally placed on paid leave in May for two separate incidents: One in which he is accused of assaulting someone at a May 26 fire on Spring Street and one in which he is accused of being “unprofessional” to a parent at the elementary school while investigating a stolen cell phone.

He said the “untruthfulness” Stocker refers to deals with him failing a polygraph regarding a letter that was sent by a city employee after they said an attorney representing the city assaulted them. Greenwood said during the polygraph, he said he did not know who wrote the letter but later in the test said he knew who wrote it, but would not give the employee’s name.

Greenwood said he sent a packet of information regarding the incident to the Ohio Supreme Court in February and included a copy of the police report. He said city officials told him he should not have included the police report with the packet because it contained the complainant’s Social Security number.

“I am the second officer to be fired in three years,” Greenwood said. “I am still baffled by all of this.”

Greenwood said he plans to appeal.

WKBN obtained Greenwood’s personnel file, which shows a record of several instances of discipline by the police force:

  • In August of 2004, a woman complained that Greenwood used excessive force in detaining her daughter after an incident at a Family Dollar store in Struthers. A document signed by then-Struthers Police Chief R.M. Norris says that an investigation showed Greenwood’s actions to have followed department policy but that “the manner in which the situation degenerated into a physical encounter was less than satisfactory.”
  • On Oct. 14, 2004, Chief Norris suspended Greenwood for three days after he admitted to taking vacation time he was not granted and lying about where he had been.
  • On Nov. 21, 2010, Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy sent Greenwood a written reprimand after a dispatcher complained Greenwood verbally abused her
  • On Dec. 30, 2013, Greenwood received a warning in writing from Chief Roddy regarding complaints about his conduct, particularly his language.

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