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Judge orders city to give cop job back

Andy Ouriel • Oct 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone determined Ross Glovinsky is entitled to receive his job back, as wellas obtaining back pay for the period he was unemployed.

Sandusky city manager Nicole Ard fired Glovinsky from his $12-an-hour police officer job in April 2012, after learning of his troubled past.

In January 2011, Glovinsky was driving a vehicle involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lorain County, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol records. Court records show Glovinsky was originally charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, but it was later reduced to reckless operation.

A Highway Patrol trooper failed to administer a breathalyzer test on Glovinsky at the scene, and the trooper also didn’t obtain blood or urine samples from Glovinsky after he was taken to the hospital. These would have been standard practices for law enforcement handling an alleged drunken driving incident.

At the time, Glovinsky worked as a part-time Perkins police officer.

About two months after the crash, Glovinsky pleaded no contest in Oberlin Municipal Court to reckless operation. He received a 30-day jail sentence, which was suspended, and he was ordered to pay about $580 in fines and court fees.

His driver’s license was also suspended for a year, although he was granted work privileges, according to court documents.

Upon learning this information, Ard fired Glovinsky, even as Sandusky police commanders had been encouraging him to apply for a full-time officer’s position.

This past week, Tone said the city must rehire Glovinsky.

“While the city manager sent a letter to Mr. Glovinsky stating that such termination was due to a suspension of his driver’s license for one year due to a traffic violation, such reason was not related to his performance since the traffic violation occurred prior to his probationary period and was not concealed from his employer,” Tone stated in his ruling.

About a year ago, Glovinsky landed a job as a part-time Huron police officer, where he still works today.

His income from Huron over the past year could offset the amount of money Sandusky must reimburse him for back pay during his termination period.

“He’s a good employee,” Huron police Chief Robert Lippert said.

Glovinsky’s attorney did not respond to a reporter’s email seeking comment.

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