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Stinky deal

Matt Westerhold • May 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

It's always interesting when people make arguments against affirmative action. Those anti-affirmative action arguments usually follow along the lines that nobody should get special treatment, preferential hiring status or opportunities over anyone else.

But it happens all the time.

Former President George W. Bush was likely a beneficiary of a sort of affirmative action when he was admitted to Yale. It's where his father, another former president, went to school and it's where his grandfather, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush, attended college.

Legacy hires are not limited to the executive branch, legislative or judicial branches of government; they occur every day in every walk of life.

They happen in law enforcement, too.

Ross Glovinsky wanted to follow in his dad's footsteps and be a police officer. His dad, Randy Glovinsky was a long-time Huron officer and retired a few years ago after serving as chief there for more than 10 years.

The son worked for Cedar Point police, a common first step for many who want to pursue a law enforcement career. Then he became a part-time officer for the Perkins Police Department.

But Ross ran into trouble.

In January 2011, he was involved in a two-car accident in Lorain County and allegedly fled the scene. Initially charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, the charge was later reduced to reckless operation.

The Patrol trooper who arrested him failed to administer a Breathalyzer exam or get a blood sample after arresting Ross, meaning there was no evidence to sustain a drunken driving charge. It's also not uncommon for a first OVI offense to be reduced to reckless operation.

He pleaded guilty in March 2011 and received a suspended 10-day jail sentence. The judge took away his driver's license but gave him work privileges — not only to drive to and from work — but during his work shifts in a police cruiser.

After getting convicted, the younger Glovinsky quit his job as a part-time Perkins police officer and applied for a job with interim SPD chief Sams and got it. Sams allegedly knew every detail about the alleged hit-skip accident but put him on the force anyway.

That sure looks like a legacy hire. 

Sams later recommended Ross be hired for a full-time position, and after that it all came unwound. When she learned about the January accident and the suspended driver's license, former Sandusky city manager Nicole Ard fired Glovinsky. The discovery came after a background check.

But Ard did not properly file the termination and a judge ordered Ross reinstated. The SPD and city — both to their credit — didn't want to do that.

The Huron Police Department hired him as a part-time officer in what might be another legacy hire shortly after Ard fired him. Scooped him right up.

But Ross wanted to be a Sandusky police officer — because that's where the action's at — a troubling reason to want to be a police officer.

Ross, and his father, threatened to file a lawsuit against the city if it would not re-hire him full-time. Randy Glovinsky fought for his son — to his best ability as any father might do — and attended a Sandusky city commission meeting to plead the case.

“I think we can reach a reasonable agreement and save all of us a lot of money,” he told city commissioners. “(Let's) help this young man in Sandusky reach a resolution without further court action.”

If you call $25,000 reasonable.

Who gets paid that kind of money for losing a $12 an hour part-time, probationary job because he violated the very laws he's sworn to uphold? Who gets a cleansing of the record like that? An affirmative action legacy hire. It's even better when you have the home field advantage in a system prone to technicalities.

The Sandusky Police Department made the right call refusing to rehire Ross Glovinsky. It was the city's insurance company that decided to offer the settlement, and that too was likely the right decision, given the cost associated with a lawsuit.

But it sure does stink.

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