Lampela: Officer can fix problems with department

Put-in-Bay police chief says Korossy, who arrested Put-in-Bay Resort employees, should get promotion
Alex Green
Jul 24, 2014

green@oc-register.com

Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela encouraged Put-in-Bay village council to promote officer Steven Korossy to a full-time lieutenant position Wednesday night during a special meeting.

Korossy and Lampela both acknowledged an existing "problem" in the police department, and they think Korossy is the solution.

"I (recommend) you hire him as a lieutenant for $50,000 a year," Lampela said. "To fix things that appear to be wrong with the police department."

Korossy would fill a vacant position, Lampela said.

After Lampela encouraged the council to make the promotion, Put-in-Bay Resort owner Mark Mathys spoke in opposition.

Korossy was the arresting officer in the allegedly unjust arrests of three working resort employees last September. 

One employee's charges have been dropped and the other two are still in court.

"I would strongly encourage council not to take action until there's an investigation," Mathys said.

He contended Wednesday police and the mayor have failed to take any corrective action in the 10 months since the arrests.

"You conducted no investigation," Mathys told Mayor Margaret Scarpelli.

Officers arrested the resort's general manager and charged her with obstruction when she did not immediately supply police with golf cart vendor contracts. Police were investigating an illegally parked golf cart.

The next day, Korossy arrested two employees at the hotel's front desk for not sharing information with police about a recently terminated employee. Police demanded a final paycheck for the terminated employee the same day.

Korossy said he was given orders by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan during the arrest of the hotel's general manager the prior day.

Mathys said Korossy's statement is inconsistent with what Mulligan told an attorney who represents the resort.

"(Mulligan said) in writing he didn't give the orders," Mathys said. "I don't care who's lying but someone is."

Mulligan has declined to comment, other than saying he is unfamiliar with the case and his assistant prosecutor is in charge of the matter.

Korossy gave about a five-minute pitch as to why he should be promoted. He mentioned seeking advice from the prosecutor.

"I don't jump and make a decision if I don't know the answer," Korossy said. "I go to the prosecutor or someone else."

Korossy mentioned the word "problem" multiple times, referring to the department, but did not elaborate on what those problems are.

"I stepped it up this year," Korossy said. "I will fix these minor issues."

Korossy has spent 11 years with the Put-in-Bay police department. Both Lampela and Korossy said experience levels have contributed to the "problems."

"There's a lack of veteran officers who have talent to teach officers," Korossy said. "Wages are why they don't come back (to the department). Many say they'd love to come back but can't afford to."

Lampela and Scarpelli did not answer questions from the Register again Wednesday.

"It's not a press conference," they each said when asked about allegations concerning Korossy.

The mayor didn't seem to grasp the topic.

"I'm not clear what you're referring to," Scarpelli responded.

Strange Island arrests: Watch the surveillance video

The hotel provided Scarpelli the video surveillance of the arrests at the resort months ago. 

Scarpelli also did not respond to Mathys after his lengthy comments at the council meeting.

Hotel management has complained Lampela has targeted the hotel, its staff and other businesses and island residents for harrassment at Lampela's direction. The retaliation stems from a disagreement between the hotel and Lampela years ago about the village's noice ordinance, hotel officials said.  

The surveillance video equipment was installed at the hotel to protect it from the police harrassment, a hotel official told the Register previously. 

Council members, the mayor, Lampela and Korossy all have refused to provide any comment or response to the complaints. 

The village's part-time law director, George Wilber, along with Mulligan and his assistant prosecutor handling the court cases, all also have refused to respond or provide any explanation for the arrests, which appear to be related to a civil matter rather than any criminal violations.  

Comments

underthebridge

Just when we thought it couldn't get any more baffling; they seek to promote this guy?

Digger-Nick

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

yogi bear

Shouldn't the chief of the department be the one to fix the problems?

Digger-Nick

Yogi..great point however most people who live on the island believe the chief IS the problem

WhatTheHeck

Promoting him is their way of hoping to keeping him quite. Korossy has repeatedly been a problem. Leopards don't change their spots. He'll continue and then the higher-ups will have leverage over him. At some point the state will have to clean up the mess over there. The residents need to contact someone with the authority to investigate. It is up to the island's residents to protect their interests. When the influx of $$$ starts to slow they will react.

DickTracey

Note to Korossy: When you have five minutes to make a pitch, as to why you deserve a promotion.

1.) Never mention the word "problem".

2.) Do not blame low pay for "problems".

3.) Never admit that you "seek advice" from your prosecutor, who is inept, lazy, incompetent and is politically motivated.

4.) Don't wait eleven years to "step it up" and admit that there are "minor issues" in the department.

A real man, after eleven years, would see that Lampela is a worthless leader, and try to take his job! The fact that you are content being a puppet on a string and working for this tool, tells us you don't even deserve the job you have.

Lampela reminds me of Mulligan. In order to be the smartest guy in the office, they hire unqualified, under achievers, that are subservient.

Wake up Korossy, you are being bought for a membership in the Good Ole Boys Club! Lampela just needs to get council to approve it.

FedupIslander

VERY well stated!

fenderstrat52

Damn! Why didn't we think of that? Promote him and give 'em 50 grand a year and BINGO!, he can fix existing problems that have been going on for years, he can all of a sudden make better personal decisions, and completely turn everything around in a blink of an eye! We are such idiots.

YoMamma

Must be part of the Obama administration!

sandtown born a...

Really it's also Obamas fault

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

In this case, I'd hope this is just the meme rearing its head: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/th...

FedupIslander

If they even consider promotion him and keeping Lampela they all deserve the problems and lawsuits they are currently facing and will face. There is a town hall meeting tonight at 6pm to discuss all of the problems with the PIB PD I hope the SR covers the meeting and records the event. My bet is you will hear many people voicing their concerns.

WeThePeople1965

I hope SR records this meeting. It'll be interesting to say the least.

james4

He is going to fix the "Minor issues" with the police department? WOW! What does that say about the Chief of Police? You residents over there better start cleaning house and soon!

SamAdams

The man has been there for eleven years. Surely in all that time he's SEEN these "problems" he keeps mentioning! And in eleven years, shouldn't he have mentioned them to his superiors? Shouldn't he have worked to fix what he could? An officer worthy of a promotion sure would have! An experienced officer training others either by task or by example sure would have! An officer tapped to be a leader sure would have!

Let's pretend for a second that Korossy deserves the promotion and the nice salary that goes with it. The Council and the Police Chief owe it to the community to, at a bare MINIMUM, complete the investigation Korossy seems to be entangled in prior to any rewards OR punishments. All that promoting him without knowing the facts of this latest incident -- effectively turning a blind eye to some serious accusations -- proves is that the police department IS corrupt, and that the Council is no better.

Digger-Nick

More than likely this is a feeble attempt by Lampela, the Mayor, and council to bring him into the "fold" and get him to back them, hush money at its finest.

DickTracey

@Alex Green, if you attend the Town Hall meeting tonight, don't drink the punch!

volfirefiter

LOL this is a riot! So he attended a "highly rated college prepratory high school" 90-94... then finally made it to the police academy in 2001...

MissySams

Lampela looks as if he's trying to bring on more to go down with the ship! They must be best buds!!!

volfirefiter

50k a year? thats more than veteran officers in real cities? FYI 50k a year is $6000 more than an E-6 military lt. with 38 years of service... Perhaps hotel owner mathys should use some of his properties as apartments, and get some more registered voters in the village...then problems will get solved.

vcreed123

oooookkkkkk, now why is it the CHIEF can't fix problems in his department??? I'm having trouble processing this, they have an officer that is obviously an arrogant ahole, arrested a hotel worker for nothing and instead of being fired he's put up for a promotion???????? This guy should be telling me where to find tools at lowe's not promoted to a higher position of authority.

Ralph J.

The mission of the Put-in-Bay Police Department is to serve the Put-in-Bay Community with Responsibility, Accountability, Professionalism and Ethics.
http://www.put-in-baypolice.org/

Manowar

Wethepeople1965...I'm sure the SR will be there. Just in July here's what they have reported I could find at a glance.

Put in bay Police under fire
No EMS call after crash
No fees for Impounding cart
Island Police chief gets back up
PIB police "Out of their minds"
Video "strange Island arrests"
Island drugging reported
Man sues PIB police
No suspects in Roofie incidence
Island officials ditch hearing
Drugged unconscious
another drug reported
PIB police overlook pot during traffic stop
Five claimed they were drugged
Intruders get disoriented
Lock your doors

SR must have a full time crew working to bring down the Island. Wonder who Lampela p*ssed off at the register? LOL

WeThePeople1965

I'm sure, in your book, they're also after Sandusky County and AG DeWhine. PIBPD is doing such a GREAT job and NOTHING out of the ordinary is going on over there.

SR isn't ruining the island, that's like saying CNN brought down the Twin Towers.

I_wonder

If you have problems with PIB PD being in the news you may be part of the problem. How any community would tolerate such unprofessional, illegal and unethical behavior from their PD is beyond comprehension.

Lampela is the chief, It is HIS job to straighten out problems, not promote someone to do it for him. He claims his officers aren't trained or experienced enough, again he hires them so he is the catalyst for any problems. By retaining problem officers, he again is the problem.

I don't buy the low wage BS. There are many young men and women who have put themselves through the police academy and would gladly take the job for the experience, all the while carrying out their duties in a professional manner. Any dregs that get hired are the Chief's fault.

He can delegate authority not responsibility. Based on what has been available for public view, he should have his feet held to the fire and straighten out the department or vacate the position. Anyone defending the behavior seen so far should never have a badge issued to them.

FedupIslander

It would be easier to try to make a list of who he has NOT pissed off on the island....the list would be small.

Presto

What the heck Manowar?!? Who are YOU working for? Lol!

GOOD JOB SANDUSKY REGISTER KEEP IT UP!!!!!

THIS IS WHAT REAL REPORTING IS ALL ABOUT!!!! GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB!

Shining a very public spotlight on this situation (or any rotten political situation) will solve everything QUICKLY!

Stay Tuned Folks!

Enjoy Manowar lol :-)

Florence Nightingale

In a way, I see what you mean. Of course this should be reported on, but the number of articles, some of which seem to mainly repeat previous articles, seems just a bit excessive.

Babo

Korossy said he was given orders by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan during the arrest of the hotel's general manager the prior day.

Mathys said Korossy's statement is inconsistent with what Mulligan told an attorney who represents the resort.

"(Mulligan said) in writing he didn't give the orders," Mathys said. "I don't care who's lying but someone is."

Mulligan has declined to comment, other than saying he is unfamiliar with the case and his assistant prosecutor is in charge of the matter.

Korossy gave about a five-minute pitch as to why he should be promoted. He mentioned seeking advice from the prosecutor.

"I don't jump and make a decision if I don't know the answer," Korossy said. "I go to the prosecutor or someone else."

To me the above the exchange is the most damning evidence of all on Mulligan and Lampella and indicates that not only PIB but Ottawa County has real problems. I disagree with Mr. Mathys that it doesn't matter who is lying. Clearly, its far more dangerous to residents of PIB and Ottawa County to have a prosecutor or police chief authorizing the baseless arrests of citizens by easily manipulated police officers and then lying about it later while the court case is still pending, than to have a police officer lying about that he requested advice before the arrest.

In the latter situation the court would quickly determine the officer lied, the case is tossed and the police officer fired. But that's not what is happening. The case is dragging on because the officer is publicly and in court sticking to his statement that Mulligan authorized the arrests and the Court is not holding anybody accountable for the abuse of power and blatant lying to the public.

I actually feel sorry for this officer. I believe him when he states he seeks advice first. The problem is he is getting advice from Mulligan and Lampela, both of whom are either seriously mentally compromised or corrupted in some fashion. The officer would be far better off if he demonstrated he is an independent thinker who follows the law and respects the Constitution unlike Mulligan and Lampela.

Pages