PIB police officer demoted

Island police chief wanted Korossy promoted; Village Council votes to cut his pay and make him part time
Aug 14, 2014


In an apparent rebuke of Put-in-Bay Mayor Margaret Scarpelli and police Chief Ric Lampela, Village Council on Wednesday refused again to promote a police sergeant and then voted instead to demote him. 

PIB police Sgt. Steve Korossy is the person Lampela said could "fix problems" in the police department when he asked Village Council last month to promote Korossy and give him a $50,000 annual salary.

But Korossy also is the police officer central to the controversial arrests of three employees last September at the Put-in-Bay Resort. The arrests were captured on hotel surveillance and appear to be improper. 

Scarpelli on Wednesday again asked Village Council to consider Korrossy's promotion. But instead of approving the promotion, Council voted  4-2 to demote Korrossy immediately by reducing his pay to $8 per hour and limiting him to no more than 20 hours per week.  

Resort officials have said Korossy improperly arrested two hotel employees in September after they refused to talk to him about why hotel management fired his girlfriend from the hotel staff, demanding they arrange for her to be immediately paid.

Korossy and Lampela have refused to respond to any questions about the arrests or about the allegation the woman who was fired by the hotel was Korossy's girlfriend and that potentially false information was inserted into a police report about the arrests. 

The employees were charged with obstruction. 

Korossy can be heard in the surveillance video stating the arrests were authorized by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan. He also put that information in an arrest report.

But Mulligan has provided conflicting information about his role and he's refused to say what his office intends to do about the complaints. 

The charge against one employee was later dropped; the other case remains pending in Ottawa County Municipal Court. 

Mulligan has refused to say whether he intends to drop that case or prosecute it. Assistant Prosecutor Dave Boldt also has refused comment, and Scarpelli and Lampela have been uncooperative with court officials, skipping scheduled hearings they were ordered to attend. 

A third PIB Resort employee also was arrested the day before Korossy arrested the other employees at the front desk.

The hotel's general manager was charged with obstruction after she did not immediately provide a rental contract for a golf cart related to a parking citation investigation Korossy was conducting. 

That case also remains pending in Ottawa County Municipal Court.  

The employees told Korossy they did not want to talk to him about the termination. He can be seen on the surveillance video going behind the front desk and handcuffing each of the two employees in separate clips, and then reading them their rights, including the right to be silent. 

Hotel officials and other business owners and residents have complained that Lampela has waged a harassment campaign for years against them stemming from disagreements with him about how the police department is operated and the professional standards it maintains. 

Lampela, Scarpelli, Korossy, Mulligan, and part-time law director George Wilber all have refused to comment or address the harassment complaints or any other issue the business owners, employees and island residents have raised. 

Law director Wilber does not make public comment on public issues and generally is unavailable to respond to any inquiries from the public. The police department has refused to provide cell phone numbers or direct email addresses for Lampela and Korossy. The mayor plays dumb when confronted with questions but usually states she will investigate. Lampela and Korossy have met with residents and business owners but avoided direct questions about problems in the police department.

Lampela and Korossy also provided inaccurate information about alleged druggings that occurred earlier this summer during those forums. 




They want him to quit and don't have the guts to fire him.


Absolutely gutless I agree.

Licorice Schtick

Small-town politics can be so entertaining.

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go to this link and type in this report number 14-013228


Get rid of all of them and start over.


Sounds like the city council is trying to get a handle on an overzealous police chief and his underlings.

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It's a good start, but still permits this idiot to carry a gun and police people. If the issue was this bad why not just fire him? Also makes you wonder who the 2 people who voted in support of him were? They must be totally ignorant to not see the damage this officer has caused to the little credibility that the PIB PD had to begin with. Maybe the Register could name these 2 publicly?


Although not the right way to do it. Political and monetary concerns probably "forced" them into doing it this way. That is the way it works in the real world these days.


Your right, It would have been better just to terminate the problem child but in a way they kind of did. I mean you can earn more "taking care of the border" at TACO BELL so maybe he will take the hint and move on.

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What I would like to know is how the Mayor and Chief could support this officer...even want him promoted? What's the REAL background story here? Who's related to whim or who is sleeping with whom?


Agreed altho usually "personel issues" occur in closed council sessions. It would depend on if this vote was taken in open or closed session. If during an open session the Register should certainly disclose these individuals -if closed session, the Register reporter may not know who they were.
Pssst....TELL TELL TELL! lol
I think we should always know who votes for or against things from now on. Especially in this Put-In-Bay situation. Election time is coming up quickly here and we would hate to "miss the boat" on each of these council members lol


LOL! $8 an hour LOL!


And still overpaid!! LMAO

Stop It

Wow. That's gotta be a shot over the bow to the established figure heads. A wake up call.


I know why the council decided to just demote him instead of firing him.
If they fired him he could draw unemployment as well as he could wind up with defending a law suit and that I am sure that the small island. such as Put.in bay .
Fact be known no one can live on 8 dollars an
Hour and only 20 hours a week . As a result he would more then likely have to find oyher employment which could in turn cause a conflict in his contract with the island .
I have to adnit that if what I am thinking turns to fact it shows me the. Council is not only smart . But slick . If he quits he is not intitled to employment benifits while searching for another job .
And if he quits he may not have gounds to seek pay.


You're exactly right. This council has made a perfect decision and in doing so has sent a clear message to their constituents AND public servants (lol public servants)= START SERVING or else. Perfect! Bravo!

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Ah ha! By George I believe you are correct, sir!


cops have good and bad like all of society, it's just that with the cops the bad tend to stick around way too long and resist rightfully being put out the profession, way better than what most people in other occupations get away with (except politicians of course).



just observing

PIB council might want to check the Ohio Revised code, the police department in a non-charter village is under the authority of the mayor. The mayor can hire, dismiss and discipline the officers with the confirmation of council, no where in the code does the council have the authority without initial action by the mayor. Selectively cutting one officers hours and wages is a from of discipline.


A you are correct in your statements, the council appropriates funds for salaries and has the power to take them away which appears is what was done. To bad the mayor over there did not take action with these jackboot thugs a long time ago.


Our McDonalds starts at 10.00 per hour.


This is going to get very interesting. Now that Korossy has nothing to loose he will be calling Mulligan out!




Yes, one would think he would call out Mulligan.

However, I do not understand how the defendants lawyers have not gotten their cases dismissed or at a minimum forced Mulligan and Boldt to disclose whether the arrests were authorized by the prosecutors office. That leads me to believe there's more to this story than meets the eye.

It's been suggested there's a sex industry on Islands. Thus, could the terminated employee from Eastern Europe had something going on the side that in turn benefits Island businesses, PIB officers and prosecutors? Maybe he wasn't her "boyfriend" but something else coming to collect.


We can only hope that Anonymous, calls Mulligan and pretends to be Korossy!

"Hey Mark, it's Steve, have you been reading those blogs? They are crucifying me!"

Mulligan : "They are calling me a mother f-ing lazy scumbag!"

Korossy: " I got fired for doing what you told me to do!"

Mulligan: "I didn't think you were dumb enough to take me serious!"

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That's what I'm saying! There's a lot more to this story than meets the eyes (just like the Transformers!). Hopefully the fine reporters and editors at The Register will dig into this!


That's just perfect! I love it! Talk about sending a message.


Its about time. When is the mayoral election? And Chief I wouldn't ring up to much debt.

Joe Schmoe

The rainbow squad chief needs to be the next to go, followed by the mayor.


Maybe he can get a higher paying job at the hotel.


Based on all the articles in the Register relative to the PIB PD and City Administration, this mayor seems like a loon. If the residents of PIB can't see that they need a more honest and decisive mayor, then they get what they deserve. They should impeach this mayor.


He went from a potential $50,000 a year to $7,680 a year! Daaaaang!


They are hiring cops in Keystone Ohio.


$8.00 an hour. LOL. My 15 year old daughter makes more than that!!! What a loser!


And now let the civil lawyers do their duty and set up shop in downtown Put in Bay for the folks who are in need of a way to give the residents of that island a taste of what paying out some settlement cash is all about.


OMG! NOW we're getting somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD JOB COUNCIL MEMBERS!!!!!
Holy Crap I can't believe it! You all are well on your way to getting that department cleaned UP!! I doubt he will stay now -with a 20 hr work week limit. Thats only a weekly gross of $160! LOL
Now you're taking the bull (sh*ts) by their horns! GOOD JOB PEOPLE!!!!


Maybe they need to recall the mayor.

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For years PIB has been sending mixed messages to the public, in particular the tourists that feed them! Come over and party! Have a good time! but if you have too good of a time, we're putting the hammer down on you! And so, they get people for drunkeness and such things and make a bundle of extra loot on the side. This is why I do NOT go there to have a good time.


"Resort officials have said Korossy improperly arrested two hotel employees in September after they refused to talk to him about why hotel management fired his girlfriend from the hotel staff, demanding they arrange for her to be immediately paid." That is the bottom line, Folks. He and other officers wanted to get his girlfriend's job and paycheck, and they were aware of the cameras. Watch the video. Employees were afraid. And, the wimp business attorney who did nothing behind the camera's view...yeah, I'd hire him in a heartbeat. Every officer who assisted at that call and the police chief should be fired and the mayor who cannot attend a meeting should resign. On duty cops do not serve the public by checking out their girlfriend's issues.