Fired cop's grievance heard

SANDUSKY A retired judge said he hopes to decide within 30 days if former Sandusky police Lt. Melvin
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A retired judge said he hopes to decide within 30 days if former Sandusky police Lt. Melvin Burns should get his job back.

The 19-year police force veteran was arrested near the Beer Barrel Saloon during a visit to Put-in-Bay in June 2007.

Officers said he became upset and refused to comply with orders after his stepson was denied access to the bar. They also claimed Burns, 49, showed his Sandusky police ID and tried to pull rank.

Two months later Burns, 49, was fired from his job. Then Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse asked two outside agencies to investigate Burns' off-duty conduct. The investigations revealed Burns failed to follow department policy.

Burns filed a grievance shortly thereafter with the Fraternal Order of Police over his firing. Months later a jury convicted him on a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and ordered him to pay a $150 fine.

Burns and city representatives finished the second of two days of arbitration Monday. Retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Burt W. Griffin was arbitrator for the grievance.

The first hearing was June 6, said Warrenette Parthemore, Sandusky's director of administrative services.

Parthemore said she attended the hearings along with acting police Chief Charlie Sams and the city's legal counsel, headed up by attorney David Riepenhoff of Columbus.

FOP representative Dennis Sterling, along with FOP lawyer Kay Cremeans, were present on behalf of Burns, she said.

Burns is asking for "reinstatement" and to "be made whole," according to thegrievance.

"The arbitrator can make a wide range of decisions," Parthemore said.