Burns gets badge back

SANDUSKY A veteran Sandusky cop whose off-duty behavior got him fired last September will get his jo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A veteran Sandusky cop whose off-duty behavior got him fired last September will get his job back, but without back pay and rank.

During a commissioners meeting Monday, city manager Matt Kline said he received an e-mail announcing an arbitrator's decision to reinstate Melvin Burns, Jr.

The message from Warrenette Parthemore, city director of administrative services, said simply: "The Arbitrator has concluded: Grievant shall be restored to the service of the Sandusky Police Department without command authority and without an award of back pay.'"

Burns, then 45, was dismissed for violating the police department's code of ethics, misuse of his official position, failure to report an incident and insubordination.

The arbitrator concluded that Burns, a 19-year veteran and commander of the night shift patrol, was not guilty of the last two offenses.

No other information was immediately available. Interim police Chief Charlie Sams was unavailable for comment.

Burns' termination was ordered Sept. 11, 2007, by then-interim city manager Don Miears after he reviewed a report by former police chief Kim Nuesse recommending Burns be fired.

The violations stemmed from incidents attached to his arrest the previous July at Put-In-Bay for persistent disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing when he refused to leave a bar. Burns said during a subsequent police interview that he did not believe he had violated any rules or regulations.

In a separate incident, Burns was investigated by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department two months earlier for allegedly pushing his son-in-law while off-duty. No charges were filed.