Decision Tuesday on troopers in KKK prank

COLUMBUS The future of the two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post of the Ohio S
MIKE FITZPATRICK
May 24, 2010

 

COLUMBUS

The future of the two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will not be made public until the beginning of next week.

Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky appeared in front of Capt. Robert Markowski at a pre-disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

The two face termination.

The patrol's human resource management office did not expect Markowski's ruling until Monday at the earliest, spokesman Lt. Shawn Davis said.

"He has to write up all hissynopsis on what his belief is," Davis said.

The two troopers were originally disciplined after it was discovered Wlodarsky had taken a picture of Franklin dressed up in a KKK-like outfit while the two were on duty at the Sandusky post in January.

The two were able to retain their jobs because of a union contract.

On April 22, Gov. Ted Strickland told Col. Richard Collins, the head of the highway patrol and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzman to immediately beginproceedings to terminate the troopers.