The legal action stems from concerns brought up by commissioners Diedre Cole and Wes Poole.
A month ago, the two accused colleague Pervis Brown Jr. of tainting the search process by disqualifying three acclaimed candidates affiliated with Perkins police.
Brown’s alleged bias against Perkins likely stem from past incidents involving his son, Pervis Brown III, and township officers.
Township police records show Perkins officers arrested or questioned Brown’s son several times over the years, ranging from drug trafficking to suspected shooting incidents.
Some suspect Brown influenced members on his police chief selection committee to reject one past and two present Perkins police lieutenants from advancing on.
Brown immediately dismissed the allegations and defended his actions in public session.
At $150 per hour, city commissioners asked John Reulbach, Avon Lake’s city prosecutor, to review Brown’s conduct and determine any possible unethical behavior.
Read more on this story in Monday's Register.