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Dispatcher resigns after friend gets busted

Jessica Cuffman • Apr 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Kimberly Trimble, 53, a dispatcher for 12 years at the sheriff’s office, handed in her resignation Monday, before a deputy could question her about providing a ride to a known cocaine user, according to reports from the sheriff’s office.   

Sandusky County Deputy Brian McGrady stopped Trimble’s vehicle Friday afternoon in the 100 block of Midvale Ave. in Clyde, for a turn-signal violation, according to a deputy’s report.    

McGrady asked her where she was coming from and what she was doing there, as the Midvale Avenue home the car had stopped at was known for suspicious activity, the report said. 

Trimble apologized for the violation and told McGrady she and her passenger, Bruce Townsley, 40, were on their way to a funeral in Ashland. McGrady then questioned Townsley, who admitted to stopping at the home to buy a baggie of cocaine for $50, the report said. 

Townsley had hidden the cocaine in his waistband during the traffic stop. McGrady arrested him then released Trimble from the scene.

Less than two hours later, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer placed Trimble on leave pending an internal investigation by Detective Sean O’Connell.

O’Connell questioned Townsley at the jail, where he was held over the weekend on charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Townsley admitted to using cocaine for years, spending up to $250 a month to support his habit, a deputy’s report said.

He also told deputies he visited the Midvale Avenue home to pay a $50 drug debt and to purchase more cocaine. Townsley told detectives that Trimble knew why he wanted to go to the home in Clyde, and she had been around him at least a dozen times when he used cocaine, sometimes even at her house, the report said. 

“Trimble has known of his cocaine usage for the last couple of years,” O’Connell stated in a report.

Before O’Connell could question her, however, Trimble turned in her resignation letter Monday. She didn’t cite a reason for resigning.

In her time working for the county, Trimble had only minor infractions resulting in discipline, including one verbal and one written reprimand in 2011 for making errors while dispatching calls, Chief Deputy Bruce Hirt said.

In 2009 she served a five-day unpaid suspension for sleeping on the job. 

She had earned $17.45 an hour as a dispatcher.

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