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Fired Sandusky officer to get job back, $50K payout

Emil Whitis • Feb 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Arbitrator Mary Jo Schiavoni ruled Tuesday that Sandusky officials did not have “just cause” to fire former Sandusky police Sgt. Steve Ritterbach last year.  

“He’ll be back within the next week or so,” Sandusky police Lt. John Orzech said.

Schiavoni ordered the city to convert the firing into a 30-day suspension. In other words, Ritterbach will not only wear a badge and a gun again, he’ll also get eight months of back pay, plus whatever benefits he would have accrued since June.

This is on top of two months of pay he received on administrative leave, while Sandusky police administrators investigated a texting affair between his wife, Jennifer Ritterbach, and former Sandusky police Officer Todd Smith.

In the end, Ritterbach will receive pay for 10 months of non-service to the city — a check for at least $50,000, based on his most recent salary data.  

For more on the original incident that led to the firing and what's next for the others involved, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.

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