NAACP hosts local patrol boss

SANDUSKY The Sandusky chapter of the NAACP wants you to get to know the new commander of the Ohio St
MIKE FITZPATRICK
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

The Sandusky chapter of the NAACP wants you to get to know the new commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Sandusky post.

The NAACP scheduled a meet-and-greet with Lt. Darryl L. Edge at 3 p.m. July 6 at the Washington Park gazebo, said B. Joyce Brown, unit coordinator for the Sandusky chapter.

The meet-and-greet is designed to give area residents the opportunity to meet Edge and some of the troopers stationed at the post, Brown said.

"We are trying to open a new line of communication (with the OSHP) for the community," Brown said.

"It gives us the opportunity to discuss our mission, safety and putting a face to a name," Edge said.

The event will be moved to the Sandusky fire station on Market Street in the event of bad weather, Brown said.

Edge took over leadership of the Sandusky post earlier this month. He replaced former post commander Greg Greggila, who requested a transfer and demotion in connection with a racist prank that took place at the post in January.

Two troopers -- Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky -- were fired for their roles in the prank. Franklin dressed in a makeshift KKK outfit while trooper Eric Wlodarsky, using a cell phone camera, snapped his picture. The troopers engaged in the prank while on duty the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The two troopers were originally allowed to retain their jobs because of a last-chance agreement provided by their union contracts. But after the Sandusky NAACP called for the firing of Franklin and Wlodarsky, Gov. Ted Strickland ordered their termination.