LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Lowellville Police Chief Rick Jamrozik was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him, according to Mayor Jim Iudiciani.
Attorney David Betras, the ex-girlfriend’s lawyer, described her as shaken and visibly upset as she entered his office to place the restraining order. He said she was nervous and feared for her life when she filed the paperwork Tuesday.
“We got a restraining order for our client because she was in fear for her life. That lasts until July 26 and at that time, we plan to fully prosecute under the civil protection order,” Betras said.
The restraining order prevents Jamrozik from carrying a gun.
Campbell Police turned the investigation over to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday morning.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Attorney General confirmed that authorities have been investigating what is being called “allegations of criminal misconduct” against Jamrozik for the last couple months, but she would not provide any other specifics.
Jamrozik is scheduled to appear in court for the restraining order on July 25. Until the investigation and court hearing are complete, Iudiciani said he will not be reinstated as chief. Captain Donald Coppola and Captain Stacy Karis will be handling the chief duties of the department until the outcome of the hearing, Iudiciani said.