Liverpool Twp. police chief calls for school officials to resign

A formal complaint was filed March 8

Liverpool Twp. Police Chief Jayson Jackson is calling for the resignation of some school officials.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Liverpool Township Police Chief Jayson Jackson has asked that three city school officials be removed from office or face legal action after he says they tried to intimidate and discredit him.

According to the Morning Journal, Jackson filed a 10-page formal complaint with the board of education March 8 in which he accused Superintendent Melissa Watson, buildings and grounds director Sam Halstead and board member Bill Cowan of actions he said are the ultimate result of him complaining as a parent about disruptive behavior in his daughter’s classroom.

Jackson said in his complaint that on Jan. 26, Halstead came to his office at the police station to discuss how they might handle potential bomb threats in the district but that the conversation turned into Halstead questioning Jackson about his wife and sister-in-law being teachers in the district and his mother-in-law, Patricia Persohn, being a school board member.

This led to Halstead asking about the firing process in the township, according to Jackson, who said he felt intimidated, threatened and afraid for his family’s well being and their jobs with the district.

Dressed in his police uniform during Monday night’s school board meeting, Jackson attempted to bring the highlights of his lengthy complaint to the full board’s attention, but was quickly shut down by President Larry Walton and member Richard Wolf, both of whom told him he had to first bring his concerns to the superintendent.

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